poetry by j matthew waters

a tale of two histories

much of what I learned
so many years ago
has become a shadow of
my everyday reality

let’s get a little closer
and I’ll show you
my physical scars
and you can tell me
about your emotional ones

I will tell you how in the dream
I apologize for acts I cannot commit

you reply wanting to be a believer
but simply cannot pull the trigger

and it’s there that we stand
immobilized & unequal
exposed for all the world to see
close enough to be heard
too far to feel each other’s heart

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

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6 thoughts on “a tale of two histories

  1. Well this is quite wonderful. Just yesterday (or this morning… can’t remember) I was thinking very much along these same lines. So good to read it in such a beautiful way.

  2. The last stanza was moving. Deep thoughts…well-written…

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