poetry by j matthew waters

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when searching for gold

they were searching for gold
but only found silver
nearly in abundance on either
side of the rivers

they arrived at elkport
over a fortnight ago
labored along the banks of the
volga & the turkey
right at the height
of the twenty year drought

they worked the bloody sands
like only they knew
sifting silver flour into canisters
courtesy of the glaciers
counting their blessings
(almost on a daily basis)
at the local bank
or the nearest pub

august two thousand twenty-one
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fire on the mountain

boys will be strong and
when nudged in the right direction
will likely strike gold

they show up every morning
before first light
decked in cotton shirts
and denim pants
leather tool belts attached
to their slender waists
shovel and pickaxe in hand

lightning strikes mountaintops
electricity penetrating
far underground
carving out new veins
fortunes sure to be gained

there is but one entrance
but once inside
treasures are boundless
escape routes endless

august two thousand seventeen
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all rights reserved

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