poetry by j matthew waters

Sometimes missing in action

I’d been working on my alibi
forever and a fortnight
yet all I got is nothing
except for a few lines from
a song I used to sing in 1999

I’d been missing in action
upwards of a decade
living off the land and sea and
learning to communicate in
languages other than my own

Haphazardly discovered by an
undercover search party
I ditched the executive karaoke club
and slipped onto the next ferry
to Singapore via Batam

march two thousand seventeen
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10 thoughts on “Sometimes missing in action

  1. denise0904 on said:

    hmm this has a Somerset Maugham feel to it. I could imagine him writing this….so lovely (and he is a favorite author of mine)

  2. Shawna on said:

    You’ve gotta tell me what song. Can we please live in the ’90s for like EVER? 😉

  3. Excellently penned.

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