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poetry by j matthew waters

taking advantage


this never gets easy
this guessing game with no
real answers
written on the back of cards

how many times do I
just get in the car
looking for something
that doesn’t exist

how many times do I
open a door
just because I think
somebody is knocking

that thing around the corner
it’s pretty fucking scary
some of the time
and sometimes it’s more than scary
and that’s when you understand
just how alive you really are

so I hear this weekend is
supposed to be super nice
I suppose I should take advantage
of the situation while I still can


february two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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9 thoughts on “taking advantage

  1. Loved your first verse. “Real answers written on the back of cards.” Our personal worlds can be scary and full of unknowns. Wonderful poetic words describing ‘life.’ All you can do is enjoy some moments. Glad you’re getting nice weather.

  2. It is super scary that thing around the corner…keeps poking its damn head out to say boo! Can totally relate to this poem…well done!

  3. Yes, you damn well should! I always enjoy your poems. So therapeutic and honest.

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