poetry by j matthew waters

so far away from the sea

zero to twenty
seemingly a lifetime
long ago microfilmed
now locked away
in a seashell vault

footprints on reflective beach
washed away ages ago
moon phase
after moon phase
erasing whatever proof
there may have been

out in the deep blue sea
young sailors
become old men in a single season
long off course
and desperately sober
stuffing farewell messages
inside empty beer bottles

january two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “so far away from the sea

  1. really great imagery

  2. I love the feeling in this poem and the last stanza and last line are especially great

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