poetry by j matthew waters

near death experiences

there I was again
writing it all down from
start to finish
the translation always failing me

and so I take out the jumpers
from the trunk of the honda
telling everyone around me
to clear

why do I find myself
translating the past
into a present tense kind of story
freezing me in time
maybe ten or twelve
or fifteen years ago

what would I say
and why would I say it
I don’t know
I just don’t know

fast forward and here I am
medicating in my own weird way
treating whatever it is
that ails me

I’m not a hypochondriac
I say
just an aspiring one
maybe we can try to hook up again
[so that you can show your cards]
maybe sometime later next week

february two thousand twenty-three
copyright j matthew waters
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2 thoughts on “near death experiences

  1. “Just an aspiring one”… right!!

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