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poetry by j matthew waters

it was supposed to be a romantic comedy


on the spaghetti western set
the director directed
the fill in cowboys
to keep their smartphones
in their holsters

handguns were banned
but all the hotshots were adept
at concealment
though lacked commitment
in relation to their lines

the critics complained
about too many fist fights
and not enough
shoot yourself in the foot
kind of scenes

to me the whole thing
was nothing but a parody
on the american condition
old school shootouts
redefined by a new reality





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

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2 thoughts on “it was supposed to be a romantic comedy

  1. I enjoyed Dean Martin in his spaghetti westerns but it took some adjustment after hearing so much of his singing in Italian.

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