poetry by j matthew waters

business as usual

a brush with death
chance to change the world
comes but once in a lifetime
if at all

this path goes nowhere
or so it seems
sun shining from heaven
fading like a weeping child

something has to break
shut down
turn off
only to start back up again
like a weather vane
finding new direction

in rearview headlamps
flashing blues and reds and whites
gaining ground
reawakening borderline paranoia

inching ever closer to the edge
you pause and check
off more boxes
recalling particular vow to never
bow to the pressure

gliding back to earth
you land once again on your feet
resuming the journey
as if it’s business as usual

january two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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5 thoughts on “business as usual

  1. denise0904 on said:

    despondent makes me sad

  2. John, this is really incredible. You should be very proud of your work.

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