poetry by j matthew waters

Archive for the tag “mind”

even memories can trick the brain

listen do you remember
the way it filled the room
an aroma you wished
would one day return

in court I’m appearing
as star witness most days
honestly saying I’m a master
at misremembering

go ahead and ask your
silly questions
it’s true I once was in love

judge unequivocally asks
is that your final answer
ordering the stenographer
to repeat the soup du jour

in the end it becomes subject
to alien interpretations
the smoke from the gun in the room
the cigar of the inspector

february two thousand twenty-three
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the unlocking of the mind

how am to I think except by
the environments placed before me
arriving from various angles
from places near & far
from unthinkable scenarios
that intermittently plague my mind

at first against my will
I would be cast into solitary confinement
but as time wore on
the episodes became self-imposed
accepting this intense & intimate
atmosphere as my very own

I convince myself I’m most successful
when misunderstood
people pointing & laughing
and believing I may have lost
that most important last
piece of the puzzle
shaped like a key

september two thousand twenty-two
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an invasion of sorts

freedom means nothing
unless opportunities live
outside the body

body snatchers
I have no time for
but those mind snatchers
I want to meet them
outside my moonlit window

those dreams you keep having
the ones keeping you up at night
how long do you think
they’ve been keeping you alive
and how long before
you can convince them
to take me with you

march two thousand sixteen
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