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poetry by j matthew waters

what’s stopping you


I cut you out of my life without
a tear or tantrum
freeing my mind from noise
that once crowded my thoughts
and dulled my senses
nearly leaving me motionless with
barely an original thought

over time a healing of sorts
reversed decades of
destructive habits
old impulses slowly replaced
by a voice discovering
its own truth
void of any outside influence


april two thousand fourteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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19 thoughts on “what’s stopping you

  1. “A voice discovering its own truth”.. what a great line.. smiles.

  2. a voice discovering its own truth….wonderful, John! K

  3. Ah…i discoverd long ago the only thing stopping me, my only obstacle is me.

    I agree with the above, great line “by a voice discovering
    its own truth”

  4. Nice, John. You found your voice!

  5. Yup, I like the line everyone else likes! A real winner 🙂

  6. I like this poem, how it defines our growth and maturity over the seasons of life.

  7. Kirsten on said:

    I read this poem of yours awhile back and “liked” it, but today it spoke to me as I’m gathering up some poems of mine that deal with this very topic. Beautifully written and the sentiment behind it is powerful.

  8. Thanks so much revisiting this piece, Kirsten. I’m thrilled knowing this one spoke to you.

  9. I had to make a cut like that once – it was painful and worth it.
    Revisiting this after seeing it on Twitter and I am glad.

  10. love it…easy to identify with the emotion here.

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