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poetry by j matthew waters

meanwhile shadows linger downtown


they put in sidewalks where there used to be grass
on the old side of town thanks to that penny tax
three whole blocks for three whole weeks
disrupting traffic and making everything ugly
heavy machinery and piles of dirt
candy corn pylons and cement trucks
men and women dressed fluorescently
an occasional open hand in my face
or arm motioning me to get on with my life





november two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “meanwhile shadows linger downtown

  1. Even worse is when they widen the roads and removing the sidewalks.

  2. Candy floss melting at the Not Fair. Why is it always the nice things fade.

  3. Progression isn’t necessarily a good thing – and I’ve no idea why nice things must fade….

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