poetry by j matthew waters

Archive for the tag “happiness”

as if I had been there

I was in the back seat of my father’s
big black lincoln continental
tooling down elm street

it must have been autumn because
I remember it being early evening
and it was completely dark outside
the car filled with a number of us
heading for an hour of CCD

I was feeling melancholy
but lucky to have a window seat
driving past dark house after dark house
doing at least thirty-five

and then I spot a boy laughing
his smile lighting up
corner kitchen window

seated tall at the table
his face lit up with joyous wonderment
while two adults lean toward his energy
smiling and laughing with him

and for the briefest of moments
I too was feeling happy

november two thousand seventeen
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I wasn’t too worried about tomorrow

I had all this money stashed away
and I didn’t want anyone to know about it

It kept me up at night thinking about how
many different ways it could make me happy

but I really didn’t want to disturb it
so all it did was grow and grow and grow

I once thought it would solve any problem
thrown its way
but after withstanding
inflation and corrections and acute depression
all it ever really gave me was artificial respiration

january two thousand fifteen
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what kind of life is this
with all the dirt and disease and dangers
having to bring out your dead
once a month
not to mention
not having access to wikipedia dot org
nor understanding the concept
of pursuing happiness

june two thousand twelve
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