poetry by j matthew waters

not so breaking news

it’s no wonder people are suffering
from a great depression

it has little to do with the state of the economy
and more with the states of minds

instant gratification has gone by the wayside
replaced by a reality that it takes
a certain mental fortitude
to remain on top of your game

you don’t need a newspaper
to read the headlines
broadcasted daily loud & clear
by way of clouds high up in the sky

with school out for summer
kids duck & run & roll the dice
some winning & others losing
from neglect & abuse & forty-fives

and those incapable of fending
for themselves
fall behind in so many ways
far too many contributing
disturbing stories
overtaking the nightly news

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

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