poetry by j matthew waters

too many moons

we started out just as the sun
was giving it a rest
picking you up right on time
just as we had planned

we were cruising down
first avenue
and you were reading me
my horoscope
laughing in between chugs
of tall boy budweiser

tom petty was singing
in the background
something about rolling
another joint
and your eyes lit up
and I pressed on the gas

next thing I knew
we were chasing down
too many moons
right out of this well lit county
and into the next

february two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “too many moons

  1. These are my favorite tidbits:

    “and you were reading me”

    “tom petty was singing
    in the background”

    I love the way your line breaks add to the story — like how you turned “rolling a joint” into “rolling / a joint” (i.e., TPing a house/yard) … and the way you drew out the centerpiece activity involved in driving around — mooning people, and chasing down people who moon you. šŸ™‚

    This brought back a lot of really good memories.

  2. It made me think of road trips! ā¤ it!

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