poetry by j matthew waters

counterbalancing the tipping point

the best of intentions
isn’t that what we say
when things go astray
when all we can do
is regret & retract
or perhaps request a do over

are you in fear of your life
for what you might say
the interpretation of your words
landing on the wrong side
of the tracks

far too many little matters
have suddenly become
major life & death cases
intolerance running rampant
in far too many places
preservations & sanctuaries
fighting to maintain the balance

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

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