poetry by j matthew waters

watching the network news at the starlight

I keep saying to myself
there are too many people living
[and dying] on this planet
and if recently played out events
are any indication
I say I may be onto something

for some reason I keep thinking
about the word ‘sustainable’
exactly what it’s supposed to mean
to the likes of people like me
doing their damnedest
just to survive

you were supposed to meet me
at the starlight at 5 pm
but now it’s going on seven
and I’m nursing my final final
working up the strength
to start walking back home

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

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