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poetry by j matthew waters

as far as the mind can see


I dressed hurriedly for today’s
adventure out in the cold white country
beyond suburban houses shut
tight for the winter
smoke billowing out chimneys
and metal caps on rooftops

slamming the door behind me
I race down snow-covered streets
lined with streetlamps and skeleton trees
knapsack draped over one shoulder
carrying ice skates and hot chocolate
extra scarves and over-sized mittens

upon reaching base camp
the very last lot where town ends
and wilderness begins
dozens of boys gather where machines
made to conquer the snow sit idling
destined to take us places
not yet known


january two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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8 thoughts on “as far as the mind can see

  1. I was out skating on the sea last weekend… I really felt this scene…

  2. Wonderful. I love the imagery and the conclusion, which leaves one to ponder 🙂

  3. tunisiajolyn84 on said:

    I love the imagery in this one. I could see the whole scene as I was reading it. It was like a story set in poetic words.

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