poetry by j matthew waters

(never break the chain)

why do they keep holding me back
first dropping me to my knees
and then wrestling me to my stomach

for some reason I divert the pain
by asking myself
what did Stevie Nicks mean
when she sang
you would never break the chain

I may not be suffocating
but my hands are now behind my back
and they’re using some sort of device
to make sure they stay that way

people all around me are filmmakers
shouting out demand after demand
but all I can hear is Stevie Nicks
singing in the background
you would never break the chain
(never break the chain)

july two thousand twenty
copyright j matthew waters
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