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poetry by j matthew waters

count your blessings


eggs in a carton sitting
next to basket on counter

what could it possibly mean
and which came first
the basket or the eggs

in the fridge there is guiness
and I pull one out
meticulously pour its contents into
slightly larger than pint glass

I’m home alone
except for this here stout
and one dozen farm fresh eggs
latter of which has no idea
if they’re coming or going





january two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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5 thoughts on “count your blessings

  1. This is full of clever references: the hymn quoted in the title, the Home Alone movie, the Guinness Books of World Records. All of these make the poem deeper, multi-layered, and interesting to me.

    These are my favorite sections:

    “and I pull one out
    meticulously pour its contents into
    slightly larger than pint glass”

    “latter of which has no idea
    if they’re coming or going”

    I do so enjoy your work.

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