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poetry by j matthew waters

some things we don’t talk about


there are certain things I’ll take to the grave
I said as I raised my half-filled glass
trying to figure out
if it was half full before
transferring the past down my throat

to the grave the patrons chanted
swallowing what remained of their
bottomless dreams
contented by the friendship of
lonely people
unbothered by next month’s bills

morning arrives without a demon in sight
the truth temporarily impaired
allowing me to get on with it
as they say
and forget all over again
those things going to the grave


october two thousand thirteen
copyright j matthew waters
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7 thoughts on “some things we don’t talk about

  1. I was going to answer but I don’t want to talk about it – – –

  2. I Am Jasmine Kyle on said:

    Beautiful poem Matt. I especially like the part not worrying about paying bills ! Feeling that this week! Every morning I wake up and the flood of all things wrong hits me there is not a moment from when I wake with out this curse. I totally understand swallowing and would LOVE to not have demons wake with me.

  3. This is what I mean about your light touch. This says so much, in your quiet gentle way. Simply beautiful, JW.

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