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poetry by j matthew waters

a celebration of life


there is sadness in the streets
and anguish in the hearts of strangers

they gather on your behalf
knowing full well
it may be too little and too late

some say it was a midnight march
disguised as a parade
while others felt compelled to participate
simply by way of gut feeling

you could see it in their eyes
those watching silently by the wayside
an unmistakable colorlessness
falling upon the night

in the meantime little ones
searched for little pieces of candy
only to find diamond-shaped tears
glistening from the moonshine





february two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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6 thoughts on “a celebration of life

  1. So love this, John – quiet and tender and very very beautiful. K

  2. I especially like the last two stanzas.

  3. that last paragraph made me wan to cry, a heartfelt poem.

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