poetry by j matthew waters

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legally blind

my favorite colors
are various shades of primary
violet & pineapple
cornflower & strawberry lipstick

as a child I learned east
versus west
the lonely cry
of the whippoorwill
phases of the moon
reciting all the crayolas
in a one-twenty box count

some days remind me
of the apollo missions
others the flying of a kite
whether slowly climbing higher
or speeding in reverse
back when the white cane
ceased to exist
& unicorns
were as real as rainbows

july two thousand twenty-one
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I smelled what I thought were freshly
cut roses
the color red I imagined
softly brilliant in slender glass vase

I felt the velveted petals between
thumb and finger
reminding me of feathers
I once patiently nurtured back to flight

I heard the beating of a restless heart
pressed against
innocent skin exposed to light
newly created and wrinkled in fear

I dreamed of tasting a perfect fruit
innocently sweet
and promising flawless eyes
witnessing unimaginable happenings

august two thousand fourteen
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