poetry by j matthew waters

there is love in the clouds

nobody’s tending the fire
it’s just burning on its own
neither controlled nor uncontrolled
emitting a stench of indifference

massacres and coup attempts
repeat like the rising of the sun
highlighting headlines on
doorsteps as death tolls escalate
and accumulate

meanwhile the fire burns
fueled by arms deals between
friends and foes
stoked by power struggles and
brokered by corrupt politicians
enabling strategic corporations

social consciousness bombards
wireless outlets with outrage
pumping up clouds until they burst
pamphlets of love falling
like rain across a world on fire

july two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “there is love in the clouds

  1. I’m sad the fire is being fed so freely… alas it has been a week of too many news.

  2. Brilliant and meaningful work. Thank you.

  3. I agree with Björn, a week of too many news

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