poetry by j matthew waters

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fending for yourself

fear infiltrates educated hallways
racial tensions fill the streets
a mother trying to quit worrying
where blue birds land on their feet

homegrown violence simmers
deep within inner city alleyways
hooded teens swagger and curse
knives sheathed inside ragged socks

street smart kids wired for sound
defend themselves from unjust laws
backpacks filled with jagged edges
sit unnecessarily beneath bus seats

homeland security doesn’t work here
not where children fend for themselves
either all alone in darkened classrooms
or recruited by enemies of the state

november two thousand fifteen
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Inside My Lazy Susan

I wonder what lie inside
my lazy susan all these years
what one staple could it be
stashed away yet unafraid

Does she know I know she’s there
unseen and protected
by jars of peanut butter and
bags of tiny chocolate chips

Was it neglect or selfishness
that kept you in the dark
or was it simply my stupidity
not noticing how beautiful you are

october two thousand thirteen
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how do you move on

a child slips away
for just a moment
crawling between a railing
so many stories high
falling in slow motion
your hands reaching out
unable to grasp
the law of diminishing reality

april two thousand thirteen
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