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poetry by j matthew waters

beyond the burning cities


at what point does the truth not matter
after the walls have crumbled down
and the fighting men have retreated


past neutral borders into safer cities
abandoning their own identities
past the point the truth doesn’t matter

blending in to regroup & relearn
a language other than their own
spoken by fighters who have retreated

dying to live another peaceful day
abandoning a pledge & a promise
at what point does the truth not matter

recruiting women & children into their fold
sabotaging their own bridges
fighting men fearful & in full retreat

abandoning their own ideals
turning their weapons into passports
at what point does the truth not matter
as once fighting men stage a full retreat





june two thousand twenty-two
copyright j matthew waters
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8 thoughts on “beyond the burning cities

  1. A profound characterization of our times.

  2. You know… it came to me (again) as I was reading this one, how incredibly thankful I am to have found you, or you found my page… I’m not sure which it was.. but I so thoroughly enjoy your writing. It really makes me think and sometimes nod my head, and I just love it. I sincerely look forward to your next collection, whenever may come. You’re the best.

  3. An incredibly powerful and profound poem with a message that needs to be heard and acted upon. One day, perhaps…

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