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poetry by j matthew waters

practicing the art of deception


I was going incognito at the drugstore
picking up a few necessities
and a prescription for my neighbor Jimmy

I pretended my head wasn’t spinning
as I breezed past the pain killers
thinking what I got back home
is better than anything over the counter

that’s about the time I spotted her
at least fifteen years younger than me
[and three years removed from memory]
two aisles over browsing bandages

I lowered my cap and headed for the door
reminding myself on the short walk home
how my eyes have been deceiving me





april two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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3 thoughts on “practicing the art of deception

  1. Ha ha ha. This is hilarious. 🙂

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