poetry by j matthew waters

one good burn at a time

from the four corners of the world
the effigy business is alive & well

tonight’s moon will be copper in color
complementing the fiery flames
dancing up the stake

the cancel club is hard at work
recruiting new members &
identifying new targets like a child
flipping through a toy catalog

behind the scenes
in garages & basements & inside
the minds of newly born royalty
the likenesses are growing in number
misaligned & lighting up the night sky

april two thousand twenty-two
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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