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poetry by j matthew waters

outside the vessel

for Robert J. St. Clair, Jr.


where have you gone
old friend in the obituary

brown beady eyes
exactly like nineteen seventy-one
looking to the side
and down
so as not to be caught looking

you once told me you felt
vacant inside
leaving me to wonder
if that’s how it always was
or did you come to terms
with who you had become

you’ve been a stranger to me
decades on end
and I imagine you must understand
more than I ever will
at least for the moment
while I remain inside this vessel





february two thousand twenty-two
copyright j matthew waters
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7 thoughts on “outside the vessel

  1. This is such a beautiful poem, it really touched me. You have said so much in a few sentences… love this.

  2. I’m sorry for your loss.

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