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poetry by j matthew waters

I was walking the dog under the catwalk


it was then I decided something
needed to change
after all I had whiskey and something
sour in that place I once took for granted

how dare I succumb to the status quo
after all I’ve been through

how could someone like me put up with
the mundane and the ordinary
when everyone else damn well knows
there are skies to touch
and happily-ever-afters to uncover

every time I walk your dog
I repeat out loud those poetic verses
found only inside
my suddenly missing manuscript



june two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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6 thoughts on “I was walking the dog under the catwalk

  1. This is one of your best, I think. Who knows what you’re actually talking about, buy I’m imagining it being about a married couple — one standing up for his rights to an exciting life, the other hiding his writing because that’s what she blames his desire on. 🙂

    This got me all fired up too:

    “after all I had whiskey and something
    sour in that place I once took for granted

    how dare I succumb to the status quo
    after all I’ve been through”

    It made me want some of what you’re drinking, at the very least.

    “how could someone like me put up with
    the mundane and the ordinary
    when everyone else damn well knows
    there are skies to touch
    and happily-ever-afters to uncover” … Really incredible writing, J. You should be extremely proud of all of your work, but especially this piece.

  2. The lost manuscript… I think I know that sensation.

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