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poetry by j matthew waters

stranger in town


they tell me I should turn myself in
but I respectfully decline

the judge in my case isn’t alive anymore
and his replacement isn’t doing
that much better

so I jump-start my engine and
continue on my merry way
finding myself feeling somewhat
comfortable in this one horse town

good luck trying to find me
I say while turning away after
tipping the barmaid

she flashes me a smile
(or so I would like to think)
and suddenly my imagination
gets the best of me

there’s another town about six
hours away from here
where I’ve come to understand
they welcome total strangers



june two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “stranger in town

  1. like this one a lot! Great work!

  2. felicity on said:

    You are so adorable. I *heart* this poem … especially this:

    “so I jump-start my engine and
    continue on my merry way”

    ~Also Stanzas 4 and 5.

    This is the first time I’ve realized what it means to get the best of you. In this case, to give the best parts of you to your imagination.

    I also like that the title might mean that you’re stranger *in* town than out of town. I think sometimes being around too many other people all the time can turn us into people we are not.

    I think I’m going to another town too.

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