poetry by j matthew waters

reconciling improbabilities

there was an explosion
a single sonic boom
and then there was fire

a thousand years
is nothing
a thousand ten-fold
or one hundred times
a thousand times
it’s all the same

it’s impossible to go back
to the beginning
or is that a fallacy
an old wives’ tale

the elixirs & the medicine
celebrations of birth
coinciding with the bad
and the ugly
what could be much worse

the iterations
propelled by the sun
capable of producing
improbable uncertainties

like in the case of jacob’s dream
a ladder lowering itself
—the heavens high above

february two thousand twenty-three
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