poetry by j matthew waters

my best friend’s transformation

turns out my best friend
was a cartoon character all along
and it was only recently
he decided
to let everyone in on the revelation

having not seen him for decades
(except occasionally on television)
it was hard at first to accept

but the longer I processed
the information
the more believable it became

I decided to give him a call
to let it be known the last time we
got together
was nineteen seventy-nine
asking what are the odds
we’d ever get together again

it was a rhetorical question
but he answered it anyway
in a comical sort of way
that was impossible
for me to comprehend

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

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