poetry by j matthew waters

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how many folds

one dollar bill
playing origami
be it bow tie
or butterfly
gold ring or puppy dog
wise old owl
or smart bracelet
collecting data and
placing bets
turning ones into twos
and twos into tens
and so on and so forth

february two thousand twenty
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paper tigers

once the children moved out
demons moved in disguised
as paper tigers roaming
from room to room

their emerald eyes shined
from the darkest corners
of the night reminding me
of a love I once had

I fed them sad stories
in exchange for my life
but their promises of light
I could not fathom

I asked them kindly to leave
my world but they curled
where the winter sun
shined through glass

in the spring I found strength
to unfold and reshape
keeping the demons at bay
as paper angels hanging

april two thousand thirteen
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Turn the Page

This blank white page
is about to be changed
is about to be creased
and bent in ways
never before imagined.

At the mercy
of folds and reversals
this piece of paper
takes on various shapes
such as triangles and trapezoids
and quadrilaterals
in the end resembling
some sort of
prehistoric creature
with bad intentions.

february two thousand twelve
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