poetry by j matthew waters

Coup d’état

The doors & windows were wide open
and anybody & their dog
came right on in
no questions asked

But then something changed
paranoia having slipped in from the back
spreading carefully worded lies
and soon anybody & their dog
started slamming shut
all the windows & doors

There was much finger pointing
about crossing party lines
and letting in the enemy of the state
who seemed to have managed
to change all the locks
surprisingly running the entire show
from the outside looking in

january two thousand twenty-one
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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