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poetry by j matthew waters

never letting go


I was caught crying again
perfectly sober and stunned
perhaps wounded by stray bullets
kicking up dirt all along the fault line

I swear I never met her
this young woman in my arms
unable to speak due to fright
needing more attention than I could give

peace resides not in chaos
body and mind self-protecting
inner instincts kicked into full gear
frantically searching for makeshift havens

they pried her out of my arms
transporting her to safety
red lights flashing and pulsating
screaming hysterically in desert night



october two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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14 thoughts on “never letting go

  1. This is a nightmarish situation… This is not coming to anything good.

  2. So sad and heartbreaking

  3. perhaps she is screaming because she doesn’t want to go….wonderfully woven, a short story.

  4. Fantastically written. So moving.

  5. Beautifully written, John, but a little too vivid. 😦

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