poetry by j matthew waters


we live in interesting times
or so the saying goes
rich either sincere or corrupt
benevolent or bankrupt

meanwhile price of oil reaches
all-time highs
dominoes falling where they may
leaving common man (if you will)
lying splat on city sidewalks

we’ve been down this road before
whether one hundred
or two hundred
or three hundred years ago
life expectancies
fluctuating with sign of the times
be it from absurd exuberance
or quiet desolation

crashes come and crashes go
rebuildings always incomplete
no thanks to ill-gotten gains
and empty promises

eventually price of oil falls
back in line with expectations
and once again past sins are forgiven
summer holidays restored

november two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserve

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