poetry by j matthew waters

b-sides at play on vinyl and airwaves

how easily I fall in love with sad songs
memorizing them with little effort
replaying on the phonograph
until the grooves finally wear away

I would twist the lyrics around in my dreams
until they fit perfectly into a world
that could never be mine
the kind that circles an unforgiving sun
forcing me to awaken
each morning with tears in my eyes
and longing in my heart

how easily I fall in love with sad songs
especially the ones you sing to me
as I toss and turn trying to fall asleep
when there is nobody around

I used to think they belonged only to me
but as time wore on I realized
I was never the common denominator
but merely a vehicle to accept
the heartaches of those before me
and all those bound to follow
searching for quiet acceptance

how easily I fall in love with sad songs
playing on old-fashioned airwaves
interloping into unknown territory
aiming to catch a glimmer of hope

november two thousand seventeen
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12 thoughts on “b-sides at play on vinyl and airwaves

  1. Superb flow and a connection that surely many can relate to. Fine writing.

  2. Moz Loordes on said:

    Yes, I know exactly what you mean, Matthew, you’ve put it so well. I stopped listening to stuff like that because it drives me into a sort of contrary morass of longing for somewhere I no longer really want to be. I’m at odds with the whole romantic thing because it never lasts and the period of regret and disappointment is much, much greater than the short period of euphoria. In many ways, it’s like an addictive drug. And I’m not saying that because I don’t have a relationship now, I do. It’s just my experience.

  3. Vinyl is making a comeback – maybe sad songs too!

  4. Beautifully written. And I loved the recitation. Good work 👌

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