poetry by j matthew waters

want ads and horoscopes

give me your palm she said
I want to read your lifeline

it hasn’t changed I said
it’s exactly the same as it was
12 new moons ago

I give her my left hand
and she is quick to remind me
there are tidal waves forming

there are always tidal waves
forming I try to explain
but I am abruptly shushed
softly asking to be trusted

I close my eyes and voluntarily
give her my other hand

november two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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5 thoughts on “want ads and horoscopes

  1. This is wonderful. I’m very interested in tarot and palm reading, so this spoke to me. As I recall, a reading is incomplete without both hands. Partial truth. Perhaps inaccurate.

    The last two stanzas are my favorites.

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