poetry by j matthew waters

synthetic sunrises

you’ve become much too tolerant
of these mind altering substances
beginning to think
placebos and near-death experiences
are all that you can take

that sunrise that has more colors
than one can possibly count
should be all
anyone would ever need

there’s no reason to keep
speaking of drugs yet to be discovered
ones that you prophesize
will allow the systematic cataloging
of every shade of red & yellow & orange

there must be good reason
why opioids and age-old whiskey
sit quietly by your side
whispering in your ear
how they are nothing but a panacea
waiting to happen

november two thousand seventeen
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2 thoughts on “synthetic sunrises

  1. The title is splendid and hard…

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