poetry by j matthew waters

the way back

I imagine it’s simpler than it seems
especially if you don’t have to
think about it for too long

it’s not the first I’ve tried
to make it all the way back
each time punctuated by chance

oh no not this time I would exclaim
hanging out along the shoreline
casting out a couple lines

who in the world would be
calling at this hour I’m inclined to say
suddenly wondering who if anyone
will remember that

february two thousand twenty
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