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wall of denial


everything feeds into the next thing
until finally feeding unto itself


you catch words everywhere you go
words and phrases and sounds
you’ve never heard before

I should have given that man
that asked me
a dollar
but I thought I was out of singles
last ones spent on lotto tickets

turning the corner new sounds
enter into the atmosphere
lifting me atop the clouds
where I walked around for hours

there is this hidden turbulence
higher into the stratosphere
pockets of sabotage crouched down
waiting to strike wayward travelers

I’m not denying that I’ve never been there
but since coming back (to earth)
my perspective has never been sharper



august two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

the sound of daybreak


I don’t know you
I swear I don’t
and if anyone asks me
that’s what I’m going to say

coming of age
arrived with grave discipline
void of emotional reasoning
and resisting to speak
for fear the scabs in our throats
may heal

I wasn’t asked to the dance
but away I danced
well past midnight
my partner the waning moon
leaning me over the stream

sometimes I forget
you are still here
even though you’ve been gone
forever
and whenever I carelessly tell
others I don’t know you
I am labeled a liar
and publicly shunned



february two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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