poetry by j matthew waters

houseflies stuck in peanut butter

they were very young
but you wouldn’t have
noticed by their egos
an indirect result of half-engaged
parents & multiple
multi-media campaigns

they sat around the jumbo
jar of peanut butter
positioned squarely
in the center of the kitchen table
the geometry of which
allowed for six comfy chairs
on plastic casters

the oldest would lean back
and pontificate about
the ills of the neighborhood
and the majority would concur
agreeing something must be done
militarily if necessary

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

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