poetry by j matthew waters

Alive and Well in Las Vegas

The King and I sat in a barber shop
on the Las Vegas strip
swapping oft-told stories
and questioning the reasonings
behind failed empires

He explained how his realm reaches
far outside the lines of Clark County
where one-armed bandits
pay homage to sinners
and tax collectors

He spoke with quiet authority
on the decline of principles
and goodwill toward men
using literary devices
to illustrate his finer points

With the sun soon to vanish
in the cool desert air
He tucked his hair up under his hat
and led his sandaled entourage
down the boulevard

december two thousand thirteen
copyright j matthew waters
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7 thoughts on “Alive and Well in Las Vegas

  1. Hooked right up to the penultimate line! Very well related and exposed – well done.

  2. Merry Christmas, my friend!

    All the best to you and your loved ones in Year 2014!

    Cheers~ 😀

  3. These are wonderful lines… love it.

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