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poetry by j matthew waters

the infrequent visitor


lock box stashed away
inside secretary desk in the bedroom
right there in the middle drawer
for any nosy visitors to find

old man infrequently goes there
setting the metal container
on pulled open writing surface
sitting down on wooden chair
not a soul in the house

this is how he grounds himself
whenever feeling the need
to be grounded
counting his blessings
or chickens or foreign currency
flipping through photographs
opening and closing envelopes
reminiscing for the sake of reminiscing
like only youthful romantics do




september two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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2 thoughts on “the infrequent visitor

  1. I had to clean out my office and rereading old notes took me back to the early 2000s, most I forgot. It’s a nice journey to find old notes.

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