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poetry by j matthew waters

preparing for peace


pressure cookers
left on roadside
explode harmlessly
at midday rush hour

the prince is tied up
having his hair done
the news at nine
report nothing

stray dogs and cats
wander the streets
window shopping
after sundown

the city is silent
bracing for the calm
children catching
fireflies in glass jars

the bottle is empty
the magic is gone
the king is all but dead
long live the queen



october two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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7 thoughts on “preparing for peace

  1. “Having his hair done.” 🙂 That was priceless.

    I don’t know why, but you made me think of my favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time. Also Little Women … the girls dressing up and acting out the plays that Jo wrote.

  2. ‘bracing for the calm’ – an insightful twist on an old cliche. Thank you again for sharing your poetry.

  3. So good if the pressure cookers could be harmless… alas they are either sold to make bombs or moonshine.

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