poetry by j matthew waters

heartbreak and misery

castaway doves pick at debris
stretched across the beach
turning white into off-white
and sunsets into nothing

groups of people walk along
waving trash pickers & grabbers
like out-of-control metal detectors
stashing treasure into potato sacks

the fog used to roll in here
like clockwork every foggy morning
setting the tone for an uneventful day
but now all we are left with is this
god-forsaken sun

september two thousand seventeen
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7 thoughts on “heartbreak and misery

  1. This is seriously strong writing, John. You captivate me, consistently.

    I’m particularly fond of the opening line. Also the last two lines of the first stanza. But the whole thing is excellent.

  2. and barges carry America’s trash to China (which is true)

  3. “sunset into nothing”…get ready. here it comes.

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