poetry by j matthew waters

satisfying the very gods that made you

the air went in
and the air went out
like some sort of machine
designed to last a lifetime

some machines work better
than others
but not all come with a warranty
(and sometimes you get
what you pay for)

be careful about opening
passageways all at once
sometimes the inflow
is too much to handle
causing swelling that may
require extracurricular attention

it’s best to slowly turn the spigot
one way or the other
experimenting with currents
(whether fluid or electric)
until finding that perfect medium

october two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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