poetry by j matthew waters

messing around with the tape recorder

I think this time we shall start
in the middle
letting the mechanisms
work in reverse for a while
before fast-forwarding
beyond death

how many names
will you recall
how many faces will you recognize
some distorted & some
in pristine condition
(on account of having died
so young)

keeping yourself in the center
[or the middle if you will]
does have its advantages
allowing the opportunity to learn
from past experiences
leaving the creative
& the motivated
to figure out the future
all for themselves

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

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