poetry by j matthew waters

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when I come around

this is not personal
at some point
I’ll have to explain to my children
how you cannot choose your family

of course they’ll already know this
when the time comes
[or so they will say]
most of us carrying on
as if nothing had ever happened

they come & go & return as they please
mostly triumphantly
but every once in a while
like a battered boomerang

there are these marks on my skin
I’ve accumulated over the years
each one a story unto themselves
I seldom grow weary of telling

at some point they’ll apologize
for no good reason
and I’ll remind them how most things
usually come around

august two thousand twenty-one
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a curious visit

she showed up unannounced
like a mongrel looking for a free lunch

it had been so long I didn’t recognize her
until she started speaking

she had been beaten so many times
her eyes were as uncertain as the sea

she spoke softly but with quick hands
small and unbelievably smooth

curious to discover what brought her here
I would eventually become disappointed

although she wasn’t exactly welcome
she was family
and there was nothing I could do

august two thousand seventeen
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death in the family

it doesn’t take much
to flip on the switch
and drop down deep
into a chasm
of a distant memory

self-prescribed doses
of self-hypnosis
transports the mind
toward understanding
ancestral realities

old candles aflame
from wishful thinking
exposes wormholes
of new dimensions
leading to affinity

april two thousand thirteen
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