poetry by j matthew waters

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hitching a ride through the universe

we came together out of nowhere
like a song that writes itself
we are on the outside looking in
but certainly not for the last time

separation comes too easy
the desire to go it alone
allowing the dice or cards
or madame bovary herself
to present an alternative path

but like anything else
we always return
back to the beginning
sometimes recognizing past lives
but rarely familiar faces

such vague passings may leave
you wondering
if we’ve become nothing
but the tail end of a comet

june two thousand twenty-two
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a brief visitor from the unknown

I want to be that comet [or whatever
you want to call it]
that the average person off the street
can’t even begin to pronounce

you may or may not know
what I’m talking about
but it doesn’t matter to any
rogue interstellar traveler
entering the milky way
hell bent on targeting the sun

imagine if you will
lost souls attached to its tail
long ago cast away to find inner peace
hanging on fearlessly
throughout countless galaxies
occasionally returning home
leaving those bound to the surface
mesmerized by its fleeting beauty

october two thousand nineteen
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turn off the lights

off in the distance
fiery bodies pierce an
otherwise cold and dark night
sparking unnatural cries
inside the city

dormant firehouses
suddenly become mobile
spewing lights and noise
through once sleepy
narrow avenues

earthen black holes
welcome life and death
mixing fear with hope
and giving mystery
a brand new meaning

november two thousand thirteen
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