poetry by j matthew waters

Archive for the tag “longing”

not necessarily in my peripheral

not looking for sympathy
but an irreducible remedy
a little bump that gets me
from here to there

one minute you’re close
the next a living memory
lurking by day
& haunting by night
whether in my dreams
or real life

you tell me in so
many words
you’re but a chameleon
still loving to play
hide & go seek
practicing & reinventing
the fine art of deception
one superfluous life
at a time

may two thousand twenty-two
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cross my heart and hope to die

there’s applesauce in the pantry
and concord grapes on the vine
so please tell me why oh why
you won’t be home to taste some

since you’ve been gone I’ve put up
fences to keep the deer from stealing
all your day lilies

at night there is a single candle flame
lighting up the upper corner room
where nobody sleeps inside

sometimes the morning winds bring
a burning desire to step outside
and ring the dinner bell on the hour
every hour

after the sun sets and the first star
appears in the eastern sky
I make a wish and close my eyes

october two thousand sixteen
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this hunger

my gut tells me there’s
something missing – a pain
that won’t go away

i make-believe
there’s food in the cupboard
and scurry to get out
the paper plates and plastic forks

while enjoying the meal
i pretend it is my final one
and pray this hunger
will finally pass

december two thousand twelve
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