poetry by j matthew waters


Or so I’ve been told there is drama
in the afterlife
but I am quick in begging to differ
having already experienced
a time or two the act of purgation

You see I’ve long since cried
my last tear
long before my last breath
experiencing or better yet
coming to terms with stepping
through to the other side

I am like a leaf discovered
by a child after a long long winter
pressed and preserved
in psalm one seventeen
soon thereafter stitched together
and placed back on the vine

I’ve missed you more
than you will ever know
but I will always remind you
[in my own little way]
that I never really did leave
I simply ridded myself of everything
that never truly belonged to me

january two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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7 thoughts on “Catharsis

  1. Shawna on said:

    This is stunning. Stanza 3 contains such elevated poetry.

  2. Few people can expose raw materials like a Scorpio. This poem is a glimpse into your mind. Excellent writing!!!

  3. An amazing poem, what you’re expressing resonates strongly in me. The soul of the poem gives grace to the sadness of being human.

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