poetry by j matthew waters

multiple choice ultimatum

there was this contract
I wasn’t supposed to see
but I found out about it
accidentally when searching
for some contraband

smoking a cigarette and
working on my fourth guinness
roommate enters stage right
stoned no doubt
and most likely packing

a single sheet of typewritten paper
lay on the hardwood floor
refolded many times with two signatures
scrawled in blue above the footer

did you find what you were looking for
he says to me unemotionally

not really I say
that’s why I’m drinking guinness

though playing it cool I can see
he’s nervous inside
heartbeats pinging my hearing

what do you want me to do now he says

I want you to tear up that contract
either that or take me out right now
or better yet bring me all in

august two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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6 thoughts on “multiple choice ultimatum

  1. denise0904 on said:

    stick ’em up….love this, when is the book coming out?

  2. Shawna on said:

    This is really good, John.

  3. Young and old, we insist

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