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poetry by j matthew waters

love your enemies


I turned the other cheek
just as I had been taught
and a flat hand raced by
leaving imprints even time
could not erase

I loved my neighbor
just as I had loved myself
but I was arrested and
sentenced to the pit without
due course

I had forgiven your sins
but was charged with blasphemy
cursed and kicked and spat on
accused of pretending
to be perfect


november two thousand fourteen
copyright j matthew waters
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9 thoughts on “love your enemies

  1. The poet has discovered that the righteous are very quick to cast the first stone and has expressed the experience in a manner all the more powerful for its succinctness. A brilliant piece.

  2. Love it John

  3. Sounds a lot like the book of Job…

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