poetry by j matthew waters

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Show and Tell in America

I didn’t expect anyone to believe me
so I kept lying about how many
men I had killed in the desert

My hands were as steady as my
steely eyes as I pretended
to be discharging my sidearm at some
goon I called Grover

When the bullets ran out I hunched
down and quickly reloaded

I could tell some of the kids
were disinterested but most
were raising their hands enthusiastically
pelting me with naive questions
as I was hauled away like some
common criminal void of any rights

december two thousand fourteen
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faces of friend and foe
come and go
but i must live on
using my own eyes
to scan the universe
and examine my soul

i hear of things
both good and bad
from those i think i know
but i am not to judge
what is not mine
for i must deal
with eternity
on my own terms

i imagine what happens
in three dimensions
will take on new meaning
once riding my pale horse
off into the sunset

september two thousand twelve
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