poetry by j matthew waters

the interview

she asked me to talk about myself
and I started off by saying
I didn’t know where to begin
but I’ll pretend as if I do

off course it was a loaded question
so I proceeded to take a deep breath
and quietly backed away from the ledge

I was a middle child and therefore
often left to my own devices I said
further clarifying I work well independently
but can positively strive in groups as well
should circumstances warrant

slowly she blinked her eyes
nodding smilingly
taking the end of her pencil to her chin
politely asking me to proceed
and for a very brief moment in time
I felt as if I had been down this path before
had already lived and breathed
inside her complex company

august two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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