poetry by j matthew waters

for sale by owner

I’ve a handgun hidden somewhere in the house
given to me for reasons undisclosed

one day I’ll be selling this place and buy
something with one less story and twice the yard
so I can start a brand new perennial garden
complete with beehive and lean-to greenhouse

as far as the former house is concerned
I’ll be selling ‘as is’
buried maps and long lost treasure included

february two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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8 thoughts on “for sale by owner

  1. I love the double meaning of “story” in this poem.

  2. “I’ll be selling a sis” … Sounds like you’ve got her dead body buried in your back yard.

  3. Loved this poem, how it makes me think.

  4. A mystery house complete with ghosts. Good luck with getting rid of the past like that.

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