poetry by j matthew waters

clothes horse

he still visits me
I tell her over the phone

we had been talking about
differences in the weather
and she promptly responds
no it’s you who still visits him

six months ago
he was talking about
all the suits lined up in the closet
don’t worry about it I said
they’ll be back in the game
before you know it

growing up poor
may have contributed
to me becoming a clothes horse
he once confessed
perhaps the first & only time
I ever detected weakness

don’t worry she tells me
there’s plenty of weakness
to go around for everyone
I’m just happy to see
someone’s keeping in contact

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

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