poetry by j matthew waters

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satisfying the very gods that made you

the air went in
and the air went out
like some sort of machine
designed to last a lifetime

some machines work better
than others
but not all come with a warranty
(and sometimes you get
what you pay for)

be careful about opening
passageways all at once
sometimes the inflow
is too much to handle
causing swelling that may
require extracurricular attention

it’s best to slowly turn the spigot
one way or the other
experimenting with currents
(whether fluid or electric)
until finding that perfect medium

october two thousand eighteen
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I walk alone

moderation is but a stranger
he thought
sitting on a park bench
and feeding the pigeons
bread of life meant to last
the entire winter

somewhere down the road
everything became all or none
as those earthly habits
siphoned off the fuel
that once powered his
beautiful thoughts

the very idea of divorcing
such influential forces
from his daily rituals
sent his mind tumbling
deeper into the fray

knowing there could never be
one final straw
he walked along the river alone
his destructive tendencies
seemingly out of sight

february two thousand fourteen
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all rights reserved

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