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poetry by j matthew waters

an afternoon affair


we’ve had this conversation before
how many years now
call it ten and twenty and forty

what’s done is done
you try to reassure me
but I say some things are never laid to rest

how often we’ve visited this place
sitting inside or out
whatever the reason
whenever the season
commenting on superficialities
people surrounding us
the socially acceptable
or awkwardly desirable

everyone deserves a second shot at life
we silently agree
except of course those who never
had a chance from the very beginning




october two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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