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poetry by j matthew waters

the villain and the hero and the unsympathetic fool


accusations fly by like wayward missiles
shot out of silos a half world away
landing god knows where and
making new holes to crawl into

there is no villain to kill in this tale
not one tying down fair damsels to the tracks
nor cloaking a wide smile with black cape

the hero here is incapable of rescuing even himself
instead seeks answers from faraway stars
like a prince without an inheritance

while remote weaponry circles the earth
the unsympathetic fool carries on
in an unforgiving world
deflecting whatever arrows brand his name
with an invisible shield called mortality



april fool’s day two thousand fifteen
copyright j matthew waters
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5 thoughts on “the villain and the hero and the unsympathetic fool

  1. This poem makes me think about what’s going on in the news recently. I know this is a heavy question, but where does your inspiration come from?

    • That is a bit heavy, Millie. My inspiration comes from many places, including from out of nowhere. This one evolved over a three day period and originally started with the idea that there are always two sides to every story.

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