poetry by j matthew waters

right to remain silent

it was nothing you said
she assures me
walking away toward the kitchen
her left thumb wrapped in a wash cloth

she had managed to stop the bleeding
but not the awkward
mood of the room
that quickly dissolves into some
sort of silent aura

you know I go on to say
there was a time when respect
actually meant something

yes there was a time
I go on to say
under my breath
slowing my pace
nearly whispering
listening to every single word
I had been meaning to say

april two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “right to remain silent

  1. denise0904 on said:

    some silences are quite loud and you describe it well.

  2. Ummm…….what did you do??

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