poetry by j matthew waters

Quick Trip

It’s early August and I understand
I need a new mousetrap
that is can’t seem to locate the last one
that seemed to work so well

It’s not easy these days
focusing on lists
whether it be for fruits or
vegetables or perishables
or adding one-timers to the mix
like peppermint extract
and tabasco and wooden matches
and oh yeah
don’t forget the mousetrap

How many times I’ve gone down this road
is highly immeasurable
each trip different than the last
orange cones and patchwork and detours
muddying the landscape [making me]
constantly changing my mind

august two thousand nineteen
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