poetry by j matthew waters

me & familiarity

I’m less than I’ve ever been
an exercise of existence
after reading how german is it

hearing they bought & sold you
I quickly crossed the border
leaving way too many things behind

this new place isn’t so bad
[or so they keep telling me]
placating me with promises
plying me with
mind-altering substances
intelligently keeping me
one to three moves behind

april two thousand twenty-three
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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