poetry by j matthew waters

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I keep my eggs on the kitchen counter

I buy my eggs from a lady outside of Palo
a short drive from here that can be reached
by way of three different routes

even though she lives on an acreage
in a modest ranch style house
with a couple of outbuildings
I tell people I only buy farm fresh eggs

she’s got chickens too
probably pigeons & field mice
& so many other cast out critters

once a year she sells me a few 10-pounders
I stash them away in the basement freezer
where they eventually disappear

on the kitchen counter is where I keep my eggs
all differently sized & colored
their eggshells thin & dirty
sitting pretty inside their recycled cubicles

april two thousand twenty-two
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french toast for two or three

she was in the kitchen
decked in checkered apron
testing chicken eggs in an oversized
coffee mug filled with tepid water

the ones that floated were edible
[or so she says]
and the ones that did not
those that sank to the bottom
did not pass for human consumption

and so it appeared on this
sunday morning
four out of five made the grade
and the one that did not
was set aside
as fodder for some poor fool

december two thousand nineteen
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count your blessings

eggs in a carton sitting
next to basket on counter

what could it possibly mean
and which came first
the basket or the eggs

in the fridge there is guiness
and I pull one out
meticulously pour its contents into
slightly larger than pint glass

I’m home alone
except for this here stout
and one dozen farm fresh eggs
latter of which has no idea
if they’re coming or going

january two thousand eighteen
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