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poetry by j matthew waters

anytime the sky is crying


I’ll be damned if I had good
reason chasing any fool thing
for a pat on the back
or some sort of medal that later
winds up in the river

I’ll be damned if I knew
what I’d do next
if I didn’t have money
to pay the rent

At least I got enough scratch
to frequent the Irish district
twice or thrice a week
swapping sailor stories
with make-believe monsters
who never remember your name

Chasing any fool thing at least
gives a man a little hope
like a little piece of sunshine
stuffed inside his pocket
never understanding its power
until it’s almost too late


december two thousand fourteen
copyright j matthew waters
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9 thoughts on “anytime the sky is crying

  1. Reblogged this on thesewordsiwrite2012 and commented:
    Thank you J Matthew Waters for your consistently engaging words.

  2. Awesome poem and message, John! One of my faves, but then again, I think I say that often. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  3. Wishing you many “little pieces of sunshine” in 2015!

  4. This is my favourite poem you have written

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