poetry by j matthew waters

afternoon matinée circa 200 bc

they brought me onto stage
and explained to the
thousands of participants
seated in the open air theatre
exactly what it was
they were about to witness

young ones dressed in white
laid me down on the
table and calmed my fears
naturally deadening my body
before skilled surgeons
unveiled my open heart

november two thousand thirteen
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2 thoughts on “afternoon matinée circa 200 bc

  1. Very dark – yet have we grown as a species? Or have we just progressed from sharp knives to blunt C4?

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