poetry by j matthew waters

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next train arrives on tuesday

it got dark all of a sudden
and I’m not talking due to any
daylight savings time

I’ve been saving all my life
and look where it’s got me

but of course nobody expected
me to go anywhere
at least not to frankfurt or athens
or modern day memphis

I’ve done hitched a
ride on many a train
but I’m not about to hop on one
engineered by any fool on the hill

november two thousand seventeen
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the villain and the hero and the unsympathetic fool

accusations fly by like wayward missiles
shot out of silos a half world away
landing god knows where and
making new holes to crawl into

there is no villain to kill in this tale
not one tying down fair damsels to the tracks
nor cloaking a wide smile with black cape

the hero here is incapable of rescuing even himself
instead seeks answers from faraway stars
like a prince without an inheritance

while remote weaponry circles the earth
the unsympathetic fool carries on
in an unforgiving world
deflecting whatever arrows brand his name
with an invisible shield called mortality

april fool’s day two thousand fifteen
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