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poetry by j matthew waters

imagine


these neighborhoods
reside in underworld riddles
subjected to laws
systematically enforced
by remote controls

stepping on stones
children experience daring truths
along boundary lines
carving their world from another
looking from afar

latest weapons
brutally scratch hard surfaces
buckling the pavement
like tectonic plates exploding
and consuming homes

lord have mercy
mothers lament repeatedly
sprawled on city streets
grown children riddled with bullets
limp in barren arms

lifeless bodies
encircle living among dead
pleading up on high
beating breasts and shouting for world
to imagine peace



july two thousand fourteen
copyright j matthew waters
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7 thoughts on “imagine

  1. That was a heck of an atmosphere you created, J.

    “like tectonic plates exploding
    and consuming homes

    lord have mercy”

    Great pacing in the above. War is definitely like a tectonic shift.

  2. such brutality – its hard to comprehend – poets may be the only voices that can be heard – well done, John

  3. “lifeless bodies
    encircle living among dead
    pleading up on high
    beating breasts and shouting for world
    to imagine peace”

    Such a powerful piece…it is indeed time for Peace.

    Did you see my recent post about a new collaborative blog Artists 4 Peace?

    Come take a look artists4peace.wordpress.com the new home page gives a rundown of submission guidlines, topics, etc.

    I would love it if you would join us.
    ☮ Melanie

    • Melanie: yes, I have read some of the posts at the website and in fact the very idea may have inspired me to write this poem. I will try to take some time soon and revisit and consider submitting. Thanks so much, my friend, for commenting on this piece.

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