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poetry by j matthew waters

the spirit must live on


we prepared our minds with
foolproof lies and
carried on about our lives
as if darkness never
overshadowed anything

what was once reinvented
can be invented yet again
and those monsters
lurking behind old photographs
remain buried alive

unsuspecting memories
hang in undisclosed caverns
like misplaced dreams
tapping your shoulder
night after tireless night

without thinking we pushed
onward through the air
like a refreshing wind
blowing away the morning fog
that once weighed us down


december two thousand thirteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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10 thoughts on “the spirit must live on

  1. Really like this, John – especially the last stanza – K

  2. The mind is so powerful, even in dreams. Nice poem< Lola

  3. Favourite lines:

    what was once reinvented
    can be invented yet again

    Sometimes I forget this. Thanks for the reminder, J.

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes on said:

    Excellent. And I love hearing your reading. Just excellent.

    Cheers – happy new year 🙂

  5. my favorite part :
    unsuspecting memories
    hang in undisclosed caverns
    like misplaced dreams
    tapping your shoulder
    night after tireless night

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