poetry by j matthew waters

the things nobody mentions

addiction is a powerful word
penetrating like a tattooed heart

sent off to war as an innocent
only to return as a coked-up diplomat
a poster child in denial

nobody said I always had
to be part of the family
and even though I knew the
association was optional
I went along with the charade

I love saying I’ve been sober
going on two weeks now
and whether or not nobody knows
for sure
nobody really cares
just like me

I went to visit a friend in the cemetery
last sunday
he died the same night I was killed
again and again and again

we get together every now and then
just to have a good laugh

april two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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13 thoughts on “the things nobody mentions

  1. denise0904 on said:

    painful but well written

  2. Your title made me think of all the things we think about on our own in silence and wonder. Death is one of those. Only the few dare talk about death seriously even though we all get there one day. Talking about those kind of things can be comforting.

  3. Shawna on said:

    This is insanely good. So, so, so, so strong, J.

    These are my faves:

    “sent off to war as an innocent
    only to return as a coked-up diplomat”

    the last three stanzas

  4. Deeply moving and powerful. The topic is painful (to me anyways) yet the flow of the words is gentle. Well done!

  5. Shawna on said:

    Really awesome piece.

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