poetry by j matthew waters

sunflowers in the backyard

master of alibis placed under house arrest
charged with aiding and
abetting petty thieves and local con artists

sheriff deputies wrap crime tape around
old oak tree and burning bushes
new jailor taking names and
removing all hummingbird feeders

there are no wolves nearby or so we’ve been told
but violinists disguised as bumblebees
tap dance atop oversized sunflowers

by the time autumn arrives everything
has pretty much been shuttered
including water and gas and electricity lines

by the time spring arrives all the local realtors
have their own story to tell

september two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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