poetry by j matthew waters

two steps backwards

trials and tribulations
since the beginning
of time. what brought
me here and why
does everything
look so familiar?

you see that tree?
I’ve been told it’s much
older than me
but I swear I
planted it when it
was just a sapling.
I ask someone who can
no longer hear me
isn’t that true?

when I was young
I was often told
I look much older
than my age. and now
now that I’m walking
with a stick in hand
people are saying
I look much younger
than my age.

this place is chock-
full of beauty
and contradictions.
I’ve learned to take
one step at a time
whether one forward
or two backwards.

you see if you look
closely enough
you’ll find a resting
place in the most
chaotic places.
and if you’re lucky
enough someone
will be there with you
counting your breaths
and reading your mind.

august two thousand nineteen
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4 thoughts on “two steps backwards

  1. I love this one!

  2. like this..’ you will find a resting place in the most chaotic places’…life always throws unexpected things to us…

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