poetry by j matthew waters

into the great wide open

a box on the side of the road
not a box really but a folder
a small folder at that
the kind with a rubber strap
wrapped around to keep the flap shut
ensuring that whatever would be inside
could not easily be outside

it was just sitting there on the
graveled shoulder of highway 13
and somehow I had spotted it
driving some sixty miles per hour
its image now just a snapshot
first and foremost in my mind

traffic was light but each time
someone drove by I imagined
the lunchbox-sized folder
fluttered from each sixty mile per hour draft
the rubber strap gradually shifting
loosening and eventually opening
exposing what was once concealed
launching the contents up and out
into the great wide open

august two thousand fifteen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “into the great wide open

  1. Love the visual, John, and the mystery of what those contents could be…

  2. I really like this John, it feels like a piece from a novel, very visual, and conveys that feeling of something precious lost, something that perhaps should only be private invaded by air! 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Tashtoo.

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