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poetry by j matthew waters

Who knew the other side of you


Dani wouldn’t be caught dead
marching in any damn parade
she had bigger dreams in mind
than floating down inner city streets

She wore black on the outside
painted her face so as not to be seen
but on the inside everything was green

There are so many ways
to break the cycle
so tell me what keeps you hiding
inside these temporary shadows

I knew you when you were but a child
how you used to chase sparrows
climbing trees and singing songs
pretending the world could do you no harm

Somewhere along the line
you are born again
awakening like grass among wildflowers
elbowing for space and praying to starlight
reaching out for the next sunrise




march two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “Who knew the other side of you

  1. love the first stanza!

  2. beautiful. and I can hear it! 🙂

  3. This creates beautiful images in my mind.

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