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poetry by j matthew waters

teenage wasteland


how do you condense an entire rock
concept into a 5-minute single and
cast it out into the airwaves
hoping listeners will sympathize

it started with a Scottish man
only known as Ray
wanting more out of life
than mere ancestry
abandoned his family farm
[and taking Sally by the hand]
setting off on an impromptu journey
an exodus to London Town

the opera house eventually
failed to come to fruition
and the family conceivably
melded into the complexity of the metropolis
their teenage children forever lost
inside the 20th century wasteland




Note: this poem inspired by the song Baba O’Riley by the British rock band the Who

october two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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