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poetry by j matthew waters

counting down the days


after the invasion we stopped lighting candles
instead looked to the stars for answers

the children were best at hide-and-go seek
despite the risk of never being seen again

days of routine left us long after the last train
and now what remains is this suffocating reality
where dreams and nightmares are but one in the same

there are no more rivers to cross or towns to destroy
no more ghosts to disperse or spirits to dispel
no more lessons to be learned
no more ransoms to be paid
no more saviors to be born
no more lives to be saved




march two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
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8 thoughts on “counting down the days

  1. Powerful, and hopefully, not prophetic.

  2. Wow…
    and this part especially
    “the children were best at hide-and-go seek
    despite the risk of never being seen again”

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