poetry by j matthew waters

recounting the living & the dead

I’ve tried to reach you but all efforts have failed
as if you are no longer living on this planet
and I am forced to go it alone

another one has fallen
or so I’ve come to discover by word of mouth
giving me pause as I attempt to recount
the living & the dead

I wasn’t supposed to be here anymore
but somehow I’ve become the gatekeeper
sending out transcripts by way of telepathy

october two thousand twenty-one
copyright j matthew waters
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