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poetry by j matthew waters

Total eclipse of the sun


I awoke in the darkness
and stood motionless
unable to feel my own legs

In the darkness I stood
as if floating on air
my mind fixed on a pain
I could not feel

I imagined there was light
somewhere near
beyond the closed door
or on the other side of a shaded
window slightly cracked

I welcomed the silence
both from without and within
like a tortured creature
wishes death

It was like an explosion had
left my world perfectly still
neither spinning
nor traveling around a light
that for centuries had promised
prosperity to a diverse population


november two thousand fifteen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “Total eclipse of the sun

  1. “fixed on a pain/I could not feel” I love that phrase!

  2. The last lines left me breathless… exactly my emotions.

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