poetry by j matthew waters

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boys like me

can you be held against your will
when you have no rights
caught in the crossfire of corporal
and psychological punishment
left for days in solitary confinement
preoccupied with thoughts of
licking wounds and unlocking cages

you’re supposed to be at the ballpark
but instead you’re back on the farm
picking up trash & pushing dreams
keeping your nose clean
just as you were told
but mostly concealing your shame
because that’s what boys like me do

july two thousand nineteen
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the playing field

there is no stopping and staring
into darkness
there is just doing
or there is nothing else to do

(I used to raise my voice to be heard
because I was sure nobody would listen

who really does that anymore)

there is no reason for such foolishness
it only reminds me of punishments
handed out unjustly

(eventually getting kicked across the floor
becomes nothing but a diminishing recurrence)

though the sun and moon may shine
brightest at its apex
their lowest moments inspire me most
when the world is neither
alive nor awake
and the playing field is perfectly level

january two thousand fourteen
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all rights reserved

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