poetry by j matthew waters

making preparations

hard to imagine what will be
once accumulating everything
outside an efficiency shell
baby cries and heartfelt tears
twelve packs and doctor visits
stocks and bonds and mutual funds
fruits and vegetables and perennials
a bouquet of annuals behind your back

you learn to feed and water yourself
shaping and reshaping with razor sharp tools
growing and trimming and growing again
redefining yourself year after year
nobody noticing subtle changes

but you notice nearly everything
newly awakened apparitions
playfully passing through pyramid walls
entering your subconscious night and day
filling prescriptions and making preparations
much like the ancient egyptians used to do

june two thousand nineteen
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