poetry by j matthew waters

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the grand illusion

I reach to touch a leaf
just as it separates from the tree
our association drifting apart
before it even begins

what seems like millions
upon millions accumulating
is nothing but a conceptual pile
looking to be jumped upon

the eventual scattering
and complete disappearance
is nothing but a grand illusion
graciously repeating

june two thousand twenty
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breathing back to life

it was a shapely leaf
seemingly frozen on the asphalt
burnt orange and brown
with spots of faded yellow
and streaks of barn red

I happened upon it strictly
by accident as I crawled
on my hands and knees
searching for a place to sleep
through the dead of winter

picking it up carefully
I cupped it gently in my hands
cold to the touch like the
thinnest of glass
fragile like fairy wings

as it warmed in my palms
I blew on its outer edges
its unforgiving blades shuddering
like a little baby bird
or a big colorful butterfly

october two thousand sixteen
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once upon a leaf

the leaf once dreamed
of becoming a feather
and wished one day
to fall with grace

she imagined a child
uncovered her brilliance
and saved her forever
between two pages

displaced in darkness
for decades on end
she prayed for light
and rediscovery

april two thousand thirteen
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