poetry by j matthew waters

setting water on fire

some assembly required
is what the ushers
told the animals
as they escorted them
into the amphitheatre
seating the smaller ones
in the front rows
& going from there

the sky was all lit up
thanks to a couple greek gods
brightening the flora
that flourished
on the outer edges of the world
abundant stardust
keeping them well fed

this story’s been told before
how a man
removed the heart of another
offered it to the sky
[still beating]
& none of the animals
looked away

the skies opened
as if to say there is nothing
to look at
the show is over
be gone be gone

there was no place to go
& the rains wouldn’t stop
all the animals in the world
were left bewildered
wondering why man chose
to squander apparent intelligence

it was supposed to be
a day of rest
instead the oceans were on fire

may two thousand twenty-one
copyright j matthew waters
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2 thoughts on “setting water on fire

  1. Whoa!!! John. This is so awesome!! I love it.

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