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poetry by j matthew waters

as if I had been there


I was in the back seat of my father’s
big black lincoln continental
tooling down elm street

it must have been autumn because
I remember it being early evening
and it was completely dark outside
the car filled with a number of us
heading for an hour of CCD

I was feeling melancholy
but lucky to have a window seat
driving past dark house after dark house
doing at least thirty-five

and then I spot a boy laughing
his smile lighting up
corner kitchen window

seated tall at the table
his face lit up with joyous wonderment
while two adults lean toward his energy
smiling and laughing with him

and for the briefest of moments
I too was feeling happy





november two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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5 thoughts on “as if I had been there

  1. love this. what’s CCD? (my dad was a Cadillac kinda guy).

  2. oh! (I looked it up in the urban dictionary….let’s just say it was a different def., but thanks!) 🙂 great piece.

  3. Beautiful snapshot of a special moment in time.

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