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poetry by j matthew waters

accessory after the fact


what am I supposed to do
once I lose the anger
he asked me
going on to say the anger was his
only true passion
that if he loses it won’t he lose his reason
for living

I propositioned that what he was asking
was nothing but
mere rhetorical questioning
but he had no idea what that meant
just as he had no idea
why he was living with such anger

you see I went on to say
your anger has been your best friend
all these years
but we both know best friends
can’t possibly last forever
one day each of you
will have to go your separate ways

he closed his eyes and lifted his chin
breathing in through his nose
and out through his mouth

eventually he responded by saying
I think I’m starting to understand
what you’re trying to tell me

you want me to kill him don’t you




november two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “accessory after the fact

  1. wow!
    you see I went on to say
    your anger has been your best friend

    and O’ my God!
    eventually he responded by saying
    I think I’m starting to understand
    what you’re trying to tell me

    you want me to kill him don’t you

    and O’ my God!
    very good.

  2. Really powerful last line. An impressive introspective piece.

  3. jmbhatt on said:

    Murder for peace….!!

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