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poetry by j matthew waters

promise not to die


there was scattered lightness
creeping through low lying clouds
but not a witness to testify

darkest part of morning awakens
most everybody asleep inside boxes
lost inside other lands
or sleepcrawling upside down

wake up wake up barn owl cries
mocking the mockingbird
circling rustic citadel
once holding some significance

sometimes scattered lightness
never materializes
and there is this retreatment of sorts
like closing your eyes
promising to never open them again



august two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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12 thoughts on “promise not to die

  1. breath-taking good

  2. Shawna on said:

    The last three lines are especially strong.

  3. Shawna on said:

    Also, I love this phrase:

    “sleepcrawling upside down”

  4. Shawna on said:

    It even makes me see living as dying — as if in promising not to “die,” someone is actually promising not to live — as if having to live is the real death.

    Or what if he/she has a waking life and a dreaming life. To live in one is to die in the other.

  5. I am speechless. This is an inspired work.

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