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poetry by j matthew waters

ninety-nine years of war


it was child’s play that started it all
ninety-nine air balloons
set sail over the forbidden wall

though times have changed
war machines remain relatively the same
well maintained by treasury chests
and greased by generals trained
to always shoot first

those balloons sailing high
appearing innocently in the sky
disappear systematically one by one
or two by two
or four by four
or so on and so forth




inspired by the song 99 Luftballons by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album


june two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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7 thoughts on “ninety-nine years of war

  1. Lara/Trace on said:

  2. I have Nena singing in my head now… 🙂

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