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poetry by j matthew waters

promises made in despair


she couldn’t find her stuffed bear
anywhere
except for the places
she was too afraid to look

beneath her bed
a trap door led to a stairwell
introducing a network of caverns
anywhere that poor bear
could be hiding

could be hiding anywhere

climbing up a tree barely
out of reach from
her bedroom window
someone picks crabapples
and gets ever so sleepy
dreaming of floating on air

down below a little girl
dressed in a onesie and
tears in her eyes
shouts through her funneled hands
wake up
wake up
wake up and jump
I promise I’ll never lose you again


october two thousand fifteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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11 thoughts on “promises made in despair

  1. thefeatheredsleep on said:

    Beautifully written

  2. This truly brought the emotions out with vivid images, John..wonderfully written!

  3. I’m looking for poetry for the January issue of The Writing Garden John! 🙂 I’m hoping to begin revisiting some of the writers I published in the earlier issues. Just wondering if it would be okay to publish this lovely poem?

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  5. Thank you so much for the lovely poetry John!! 🙂

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