poetry by j matthew waters

there is triviality in everything

somewhere in michigan the tap water
is very hard to drink
and somewhere in minnesota
somebody is cracking jokes

the old couple down the street
did themselves in
like in a bukowski poem
but this time the neighbors
didn’t have a clue
because the old man nuked
the TV dinners

these politics in these
united states
need somehow to reinvent
their labels clearly out of date
unable to stop the wave
that is about to take them over

some of us work on mainstreet
some of us forty stories high
some of us strive
to be alive
in the wires or better yet
on wifi
sometimes barely seen
except when needing to strike

in the meantime economic
inequalities stretch elastically
chartlines hitting new lows
and testing resistance points
while more and more children
act as runners in the alleys
just another piece of the puzzle
royal princes might say
that keeps the status quo
from taking life too seriously

february two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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9 thoughts on “there is triviality in everything

  1. thesewordsiwrite2012 on said:

    Another honest and inspiring piece sir. Well done.

  2. A triumph

    That last verse does make us look at ourselves, doesn’t it

  3. tunisiajolyn84 on said:

    ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. I feel like I have to look around a lot more carefully.. a lot of truth in your words

  5. thank you Björn – the world is certainly less secure….

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