poetry by j matthew waters

If you could only see me

When I found myself in the U.S., and the war was at full swing in Bosnia,
I read for survival – it was a means of thought resuscitation.

— Aleksandar Hemon

A road less traveled
a place outside of the self
if only you could see me there
maybe you’d begin
to understand what it means
to be suspended in time

Not far you should find Lazarus
astir on the peninsula
fishing no doubt
waiting on the next wave

It’s nothing but a distraction
as are all the ghosts of the past
my own image
becoming ashen

Somehow you find me
and pull
back onto the shoulder
of a road
less traveled

december two thousand twenty-two
copyright j matthew waters
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2 thoughts on “If you could only see me

  1. Love this…

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