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poetry by j matthew waters

involuntary reactions


the birds and the tigers
the polar bears
and the butterflies
they do not hate
no they do not hate

they may need to defend themselves
through violence or fleeing
but it is out of necessity that they
protect themselves selfishly

they may not understand
the world around them
like you or me
(or perhaps they understand it perfectly)
and while they may not think
before they act (like we are able to do)
they certainly never hate
no they never do

interestingly enough
they may react to the bulbous moon
just like me and you
only they do not make it an excuse
to hate for hatred’s sake
like too many of us often do



november two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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8 thoughts on “involuntary reactions

  1. Hating gives some people a reason to live, a purpose. Tis very sad. Nice eloquent poem.

  2. Wouldst thou accuse mankind of Infectious Lunaticitis, Oh Jdub of the words?

  3. “the birds and the tigers …
    they do not hate …
    they may … defend themselves
    through violence or fleeing”

    “they may react to the bulbous moon …
    they do not make it an excuse …
    like … many of us often do”

    Excellent.

    Everyone goes, goes crazy, gets wild; call it what it is, never what it isn’t. And admit to it — with a smile. 😉

  4. Alas humankind has this vile streak… maybe we have a willingness for kindness too.

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