poetry by j matthew waters

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no one understands me

I wanted to converse with you
in your native tongue
but all I could do was listen
and nod and smile
comprehending your every single word
but unable to respond accordingly

you’ve been gone now for what
seems like days or weeks or months
the concept of time incalculable in my mind

retreating back to familiar places
I practice words & phrases
spoken half a world away
painting pictures and
connecting dots from here to there
where words once meant everything

march two thousand nineteen
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let’s get out of this place

she looked to be western but I couldn’t
be sure
not the way she kept
looking away

I had never been this far from
home before
but I was certain
I could fit in
if only I cut myself some slack

when I first arrived
I locked myself in a room
familiarizing myself with local programming
misunderstanding most
everything I heard

eventually I rationally concluded
that if I’m going to make it here
it’s imperative I learn to walk

my convictions soon placed me
at a nearby café
ordering something
refreshing (without cheating)
seriously considering my next move

april two thousand seventeen
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