poetry by j matthew waters

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distractions in my peripheral

I see something scurry by on the rug
not too far from my bare feet
a spider or centipede or such
but when I look up & lower my
reading glasses
there is nothing there

I go back to the chromebook screen
tapping on the keyboard with
great abandonment
and it happens again
a little shadow in my peripheral
racing across the floor
I pause & remove my readers
but there is nothing there
save colorful shapes
in the paisley patterned rug

I return to my poem in progress
which has now become
a complete distraction
spiders & centipedes & imaginary dragonflies
taking over the center of my attention

june two thousand twenty-two
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all aboard

lights are everywhere like an
electric parade up and down
streets without ends

alien onlookers are amazed
with colors and sounds
this virtual airstrip provides
capable of calling forth
anything attracted to the lights

systematically tagged
the subjects board
kaleidoscope spaceships
buckling in and holding their breath
until reaching their final destination

october two thousand thirteen
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Falling Down

The insects inside you bore away
for decades, feasting on your tasty
wood as if it were a never ending meal.

Despite the damage you continued
to morph by extending your roots
and creating more rings,
rising above the majestic blue spruces,
your branches and prolific leaves
scrubbing the air around you.

While I always considered your species
a wild and ugly member of the copse,
I never imagined that on the inside
you were eaten alive by starving parasites
hell bent on sending you tumbling down.

june two thousand twelve
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