poetry by j matthew waters

The art of disturbing the peace

The world has never been
a safe place
not in 1969 or the roaring nineties
whether in Sandwich Illinois
or half a world away

Past revolutions & world wars
at times take a back seat
to today’s atrocities
perpetuated by lone wolves
or governments (seemingly)
legitimate or otherwise

As the writer Baldwin
once eloquently illustrated
security is but an illusion
created by society
uniquely necessary
for reasons inexplicable

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

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