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poetry by j matthew waters

healing power of venom


she called me baby
like spider said to butterfly
giving pause for thought
and endless possibilities

youthful wings grow tired
folding in and suspended
giving into paralyzing sting
and singing in my sleep





january two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “healing power of venom

  1. That is a fantastic title. I love shorter poems. All of yours are just about the perfect length (for me), but I get a little bit giddy to open a page and see something shorter than ten lines. It tells me this is someone who really understands the power and punch of poetry, and also that he/she probably knows how to wield it.

    Both stanzas are excellent, but read it with just the title and the first stanza. You see how flipping impacting that is? For me, anyway.

    I do love this though:
    “giving into paralyzing sting
    and singing in my sleep”

    I also think it’s beautiful, and actually makes me think of my mother … as if the “she” calling someone “baby” is Aging, as an entity embodied and given voice.

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Shawna.

  3. The title is absolutely stunning

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