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poetry by j matthew waters

keeping watch on cold nights


individual victories are few
for those unheard voices
having restricted choices
and few precious resources

you know I don’t have to be here
he reassured himself
keeping warm from layered clothing
mentally digging in for the night

mercenaries from the past
march alongside enemies of the state
chanting slogans in ancient languages
only few understand



december two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “keeping watch on cold nights

  1. We are a slogan-led species. Would that we had a species memory to remember those slogans from the past and to see how foolish we are en masse.

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