poetry by j matthew waters

starving graffiti artist

downtown railroad cars
sit still in line like cows
waiting to get branded

cigarettes cost too much
but not a quart of malt liquor
or can of yellow spray paint

getting good day’s sleep
is critical for optimal performance
when working graveyard shifts

nomad apostles carry flashlights
and lighters and waxing moons
calling out on occasion to look out

not opposed to taking new requests
or collaborating on a tanker
there’s a preference for going solo
especially on kansas city southern

september two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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6 thoughts on “starving graffiti artist

  1. Artists always have to prioritize…

  2. The opening stanza is especially strong.

    “Collaborating on a tanker” also made me smile.

  3. Lara/Trace on said:

    I listen to you now every time – just amazing

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