poetry by j matthew waters

coup d’é·tat

raven queen in glass castle
never looked so vulnerable
routinely giving out orders
casting her gaze past the river

considering new strategies
for nearly a fortnight
she relies heavily
upon her royal blue entourage
twisting and turning
throughout the night
churning out new tactics

she sends out messengers
one after the next
but none ever return
perhaps caught in netting
set by her own disloyal knights

single-handedly vanquishing
the enemy from within
she proclaims old bridges
will be restored
now that the past has been
unconditionally conquered

march two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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2 thoughts on “coup d’é·tat

  1. Shawna on said:

    Have you seen that little cartoon short, where the old man is playing chess against himself, running back and forth from one side to the other? That’s how I read this — as if it’s about a person battling herself … for control of herself.

    Brilliant piece.

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