poetry by j matthew waters

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this life has been scripted
from the very start
not a fairy tale
not a love story
not a dress rehearsal
but rather written in the stars
evident & true to its word
for anyone to see

what happens afterwards
is scripted as well
awaiting your presence
like a child awaits her birthday
opening gift after gift
shredding the wrappings
exclaiming it’s exactly
what she had hoped for

february two thousand twenty-three
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the first order of the second kind

abstract thoughts often lead
to concrete ideas
like barefoot ghost monks
chanting along crushed limestone

hundreds march in the woods
single file along
skyscraper-like trees
bending and moaning and hurt

pink skies become cloudy
marshmallow bruises
falling to the ground
covering all things living

ghost monks become crickets
beating back the dead
chanting toward a light
giving breath a second chance

july two thousand sixteen
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blessed are the lucky ones

when someone says they make
their own luck
I can only imagine how blatantly
foolish they must be
believing having control
of their own destiny
is actually possible by someone
other than the gods

for free spirits such as these
I hope they never
ever know
it’s just a matter of time
before they come to realize
luck has nothing to do
with their lot in life
nor their untimely demise

january two thousand fourteen
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boxed in

this claustrophobic feeling
assails me like a shrinking
windowless room needing
a new paint job as the four
padded sides diminish my
ability to control my sanity
or concentrate coherently

september two thousand twelve
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