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poetry by j matthew waters

like a canary in a cage


anyone can write the monday blues
how the fog maybe lifts by noon
smartphones unable to upgrade
all on their own

the list grows longer whether it’s
monday or not
liberty or death is
(a matter of) life and breath
invisible wounds like words
perhaps self-inflicted or
suspiciously accidental

there is an artist who really
knows for sure
but they aren’t playing in any
kind of rhythm and blues band

oh no they ain’t singing
like a canary in a cage
dreaming of the sky



december two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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10 thoughts on “like a canary in a cage

  1. you are a mystic J

  2. Yesterday was every shade of blue. This is just right, every word.

  3. Monday’s are like unwanted leftovers

  4. tunisiajolyn84 on said:

    “liberty or death is
    (a matter of) life and breath
    invisible wounds like words”

    Absolutely love these lines. Beautiful wordplay there.

  5. Mary P on said:

    Yesterday was every shade of blue.

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