poetry by j matthew waters

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the most beautiful woman in the world

helen of troy
hatchling of zeus
or so the story goes

oh how the gods loved
to play their games
this time disguised
as a beautiful white swan
protecting the lovely leda
from predator eagle
before seducing and raping
the queen of sparta

how forcefully did he
execute his will
on the helpless beauty
his enormous wings
pinning her down
in violent copulation
perpetuating the commingling
between god and human
further complicating
true bloodlines
throughout the course
of human history

january two thousand nineteen
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river of sorrow

first I lost my love
then I quickly lost my mind
encapsulated in glass
crashing headlong downstream
toward the convergence
known as the styx

consumed by the great marsh
my mind disappeared
deep within the underworld
leaving me cold and empty
and unable to understand
exactly what afflicted
my ailing heart

may two thousand fourteen
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