poetry by j matthew waters

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the neighbors part two

what she needs is a spade
to rid herself of thistles
growing deep along the foundation

chopping them down with a sickle
certainly won’t do the trick
but I’m not gonna say a word
lest I be ridiculed

perhaps there’s nothing tragic
going on about the weeds
could it be that their flowers
are simply misunderstood

july two thousand seventeen
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the house next door

I found my teeth in the guest bathroom
inside an empty jar of vaseline

I called out to see if anyone was home
and was thrilled to see the cat
rubbing up against the hallway

smiling I tickled my ivories
with my tongue and pressed my bridge
tighter with my thumbs

opening the shade to one of the dormers
light flooded in and nearly
killed me

across the street an unmarked car
slowly came into focus
a man with a hat in the driver’s seat
smoking a cigarette

walking away I told myself
that house across the street is much
dirtier than mine
and I sat down on the edge of the bed
considering my next move

june two thousand fourteen
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the scourge next door

when a rabbit moved in next door
and started posting personal ads
about wanting to have kits
i just knew it was time to move on

i didn’t want to meet him
so i stayed inside
and instead spied
through various windows
up and down the split foyer

his mail order bride
arrived via yellow cab
and sauntered up the walk
leading to the front door
confetti raining down
from a second story dormer

it doesn’t take long
for the little ones to mature
once born into their
new home blind and naked
and helpless
and before you know it
babies are hopping everywhere
and not any backyard fence
will keep them at bay

years after getting the hell out of there
i heard it didn’t take much longer
before the entire neighborhood
evolved into a gangland
patrolled by killer bunnies

february two thousand thirteen
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The Neighbors

Plants thrive incredibly
inside their shack.
Without money
they defy logic.

Is it magic
or are the cultivators

How does such a model
of poverty
get by with just botany?

They say it’s a matter
of relativity.
The neighbors
of the eyesore
still marvel at their craft.

nineteen eighty-four
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all rights reserved

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