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poetry by j matthew waters

such a lonely day


it’s not like I’ve been isolated before
self-medicated & anxious
peering through the slightest peephole
finding a world reluctantly retrograding
all the while reassuring myself
this is not the loneliest day of my life

a knock on the door but nobody’s there
all the king’s men having retreated
either by foot or on horseback
carrying with them expired identities
and ill-gotten warrants

any day now perhaps it will be tomorrow
all locked doors will be safe to open
and the fever & the fear & the hatred
will have become a thing of the past




july two thousand twenty
copyright j matthew waters
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12 thoughts on “such a lonely day

  1. well captured! But chances look pretty slim right now!

  2. well said, and some days are certainly harder than others

  3. Hope is always the way forward… I believe in tomorrows.

  4. This spoke to me. Thank you.

  5. so true in today’s times. nicely written

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