poetry by j matthew waters

back in the game

new leather bag
jet black with a thin strap
count ‘em one two
three gold zippers
perfect for
a few zodiac signs &
today’s mental mood

money clip holding tight
a few precious scraps
an apple card with a slice
or two in reserve
privy to proof of legal age
& all kinds of insurance

fingernail clipper
a box cutter (just in case)
a chain with too many keys
a rosary with black beads
a few triple A batteries (again
just in case)
and so many more little
metallic things

strolling down 5th avenue
like a big dog on parade
the big pouch empty but open
hoping something that glitters
may yet again
catch my cautious eye

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

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