poetry by j matthew waters

rubbed out from reality

our subject was never born
not in rock island or anywhere near
the mississippi

the hospital razed
saint anthony long gone
doctor romeo likely dead as well
having succumbed to natural causes

there is no place to rewind to
but our subject’s determined to find one
going on an online rampage
purchasing pickaxes & fireworks
tarot cards & replica handguns

not a chance in hell
anyone will determine how it all went down
no hospital
no doctor
no live birth

no matter how it all ended
your guess is as good as mine
and the way it all started
will be the furthest from the truth

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

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