poetry by j matthew waters

learning the lay of the land

challenges always lie ahead
past triumphs & travesties
routinely rolling out to sea
never to be seen

by nature I’d been enlisted
to fight and love and fight again
for causes undefined
and passions ill-advised

if I go
it will be called predestination
and if I don’t
I will have missed out
on an arguable adventure
one in which I have zero control

but what control do I possess
by taking an alternative path
one of isolation
leaving behind not one crumb
learning that the mountain walls
too have eyes
and underground rivers speak to me
in a language precisely my own

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

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4 thoughts on “learning the lay of the land

  1. love this piece spiritual on many levels thanks for sharing friend

  2. Gorgeous. Goodness gracious… this is quite wonderful.

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