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poetry by j matthew waters

stealing diamonds from the virtual sky


information flows freely
between these so-called
chinese firewalls
where there isn’t much anyone
can actually do about it

they put up some drapes
heavy as sleeping bags
across the front bay window
making it impossible for the sun
to shine through
though somehow moonlight
sometimes leaked in

in the first lower level
there was a darkroom where on
weekends amateur photographers
gathered to develop
black and white mineral mines
pushing them out undetected
into the secondary marketplace

in the second lower level
there was the infamous wine cellar
where on any given sunday
you could enjoy the rarest of merlot
picking out the oldest of stones
at your leisure

the local police carried no search
warrant as they came
crashing in on horseback
shooting first and asking
questions next
long after the webmaster
and his virtual entourage
slipped past the gate


january two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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6 thoughts on “stealing diamonds from the virtual sky

  1. No sheriffs can break the firewalls …

  2. tunisiajolyn84 on said:

    Love the title and poem.

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