poetry by j matthew waters

brighter than the day before

stories pass and songs are sung
little ones clinging to knees
apparently knowing the words

hungover and unable to cheer
with the same voracity as just
a few hours before
there is this gradual awakening
like morning dew evaporating

they shut it down before I had the
chance to prove to anyone
I had already seen her face
flowers in hand and behind my back
brighter than the day before

july two thousand seventeen
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3 thoughts on “brighter than the day before

  1. Shawna on said:

    This is beautiful. The part about the sick/absent parents makes me so sad. But the ending lifts my spirits.

    I’m reading this as if the speaker is Grandpa and the woman at the end is Grandma, and they’ve come to take care of the kids for a while because the parents are doing a lousy job. I think the kids will get excited when that happens.

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