poetry by j matthew waters

I wonder about her

on an early sunday morning
at a nightclub downtown
two are dead & ten wounded

the police chief proclaims
it’s a peaceful city

but this is the twenty-first century
& anything is possible

the flattening of architecture
            the eradication of human groups
the barbarity         of technology
      the weaponization of
                                                outer space
hours later
church bells ring loud in all
the downtown churches
huge doors opening & shutting
the fat lady singing from the balcony

yellow tape & chalk outlines
I look & listen for some sort of sign
and wonder about her

april two thousand twenty-two
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “I wonder about her

  1. Resonates strongly

  2. Poignant…and then today the subway.

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