poetry by j matthew waters

counting down to the solstice

this poem has nothing to do with
conspiracy theories
we’ll leave those to the privileged few
who specialize at passionately
passing along the blame

if it didn’t start in someone’s
reconfigured kitchen in wuhan
then it may as well have started
in a meth lab outside of ottumwa iowa
a place where bat sacrifices
are uncommonly documented

[I keep telling myself I’m not planning
on visiting either place anytime soon]

in the meantime the sun keeps setting
earlier & earlier every other day
leaving me thinking eventually
natural light will be a thing of the past
adding more fuel to the conspiracy fire

september two thousand twenty
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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