poetry by j matthew waters

brand new bluebird song

there was this poem I used to keep
in my back pocket
kind of like bukowski’s bluebird
only not as hopeful and
not as sad
but plenty sorrowful in its own right

one day somebody asked to borrow it
and I gave it away without even thinking
I gave it away
like it was a knee jerk reaction
like when shutting the door behind you
instantaneously realizing
you just locked yourself out

the poem lives on in somebody
else’s life now
leaving me to explore the city streets
sandals on feet and opera glasses in hand
capturing glimpses of brand new blues

june two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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13 thoughts on “brand new bluebird song

  1. If the poem is happy and it keeps somebody else happy, wouldn’t it be worth the loss?

    One of your best yet. Love it.

  2. estella on said:

    I love this.

  3. this is excellent…with some of the narrative, felt like Kevin Spacey was speaking similar to this movie K-Pax, have you seen it? … http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272152/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_45) … esp in the 2nd paragraph

  4. denise0904 on said:


  5. the poem lives on in somebody
    else’s life now

    If so even for one person only the poem and poet have been successful.

  6. This is the best that can happen to a poem

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