poetry by j matthew waters

judgment day

I opened up the text app
and swiftly texted with two thumbs

I just killed someone

while waiting for a reply
I checked the scores on my sports app

you didn’t
said the incoming text

I did
I texted back

I paused and lifted my eyes

first I thought and then I texted
you haven’t lived until you killed

I opened up the music app
and decided to listen to lennon sing
happiness is a warm gun

when the song ended I looked
around and noticed
I was no longer alone

soon to be judged by so many
I waited in silence for the
incoming wave of endless pings

april two thousand fourteen
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9 thoughts on “judgment day

  1. Each morning I look to my twitter
    for my daily validation
    Perhaps I should look to my Joe
    and it morning percolation

  2. OK – not crazy about the subject matter – but this is absolutely riveting from the first line to the last – well done, John – K

    • Thank you for commenting on this one, Kathleen. As you probably know I strongly oppose war and violence, but unfortunately they continue to plague this world with no end in sight. 😦

  3. I like the juxtaposition of Lennon and guns here. Elevates simplicity with complex subject matter. Nice reading too. Love to hear all the different accents.

  4. I have some criticisms of this one but I’m not going to put that in the comment section.

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