poetry by j matthew waters

barn burning

pinewood boards on front porch
need a good cleaning
not to mention a few replacement nails

your mother’s mother used to sit there
rocking on the boards
spitting on spiders and such
just like eastwood used to do
idling back and forth on restless stallion

we’re not selling this house
not anytime soon
and we’re going to fix her up
and bring her back to life
just like nineteen ninety-nine

out back there’s a fire burning
horses bolting out of the stalls
grandma shouting at the hired hands
to hurry up and shut the doors
before they try to get back in

april two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “barn burning

  1. So I just watched Cowboys and Aliens and then you write this. Wow!

  2. Fascinating write! More, more….

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