poetry by j matthew waters

settling the score

out of nowhere billy lost everything
waking up to a note
segued by a pink slip at work
months later evicted from his
place in philadelphia

sally took it all to minnesota
life and child crammed inside
u-haul speeding north on 35
not a tear in her eye
nor ounce of shame left behind

unable to cut it on the streets
billy hit the road south to miami
playing drums and keeping warm
lip syncing in the shower
and banging his head on blue tile

back in arizona sally arrives on time
stepping off the plane
taken in by a friend of an online friend
homeschooling by day
and singing late into cool nights

on his fortieth billy falls back in time
with a young sally on coney island
arranged by a matchmaker
from oklahoma city
wishing to remain anonymous

april two thousand fifteen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “settling the score

  1. The two stories tell a sad tale really… especially the bleakness of the billy’s flashback in the last stanza.. they really never had much hope did they?

  2. I think this is one of your best, John. I can picture a whole movie based off of this poem.

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