poetry by j matthew waters

a delicate genius

I’m not interested
in long goodbyes
they’re much too messy
if you know what I mean

a quick break
isn’t that the ticket
see you later alligator
sayonara sucker
adios amiga
you get the gist of it

one minute you’re the life
of the party
the next shuffle-boarding
at the assisted living addition
adjacent to the castle
the queen herself coming
to visit every third tuesday

but you yes you
you’re too busy or maybe
dealing with you own
leaving me in the conservatory
light on my feet
perhaps levitating
tugging but not plucking
the delicate petals

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

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