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poetry by j matthew waters

fleeting thoughts and butterfly nets


I borrowed someone else’s thoughts
and pinned them against a blank
sheet of paper

nothing sticks quite right the first
time so I gathered them together
and sealed them in a chrysalis
where they slowly evolved into
my own creation

(I tried returning the borrowed
thoughts to their original owners
but they all refused delivery)

new words gradually emerge
out of an abbreviated hibernation
and from there I cut and copy
and delete and tweet
and paste paste paste
all the way down easy street

but of course if it was easy
everyone would be doing it
running across backyards
and open fields
swinging butterfly nets
at their ever elusive thoughts


october two thousand fourteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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12 thoughts on “fleeting thoughts and butterfly nets

  1. Oh yes! I also gather others thoughts and have “pinned them against a blank
    sheet of paper”. Sometimes they grow and sometimes they don’t. Yet no unpinned thought has ever grown.

  2. A borrowed thought.. what an interesting though.. I might need to borrow that 🙂

  3. Tom Phelan on said:

    Like it!

    Enjoying the book too.

    Many thanks

    Tp

  4. Love this phrase” I borrowed someone else’s thoughts and pinned them against a blank sheet of paper .”

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