poetry by j matthew waters

oh mercy me

I saw what you did there
changing your spots into stripes
thinking nobody would notice

of course who am I to talk
having shed my skin so many moons ago
back when I was granted clemency
by the powers that be
seeing the world from new perspectives

I saw you going into the woods
and I was sure you’d never return
at least not in my lifetime

of course I followed you in
not as your weaponized protector
more like a casual observer
curious in witnessing
the mystery of divine intervention

I saw what I saw
the blind man said to the snake
the former having left his former self

february two thousand twenty
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “oh mercy me

  1. Great poem, as always!

  2. jmbhatt on said:


  3. A wonderfully done poem about transformation, thank you.

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