poetry by j matthew waters

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it’s complicated
how the days pass by like years
slowly becoming
as old as the moon
at the end
of its final phase

brand new shadows
appear from the faintest of light
light that speeds
past corners
zeroing in on
a present
that recently existed

september two thousand twenty-two
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when will they figure out
nobody really lives here
that the present
is just an amalgamation of coming events
reshaped by an ever-changing past
where pyramids were built
by left-leaning mexicans
and futuristic border walls
by alt-right aliens

january two thousand twenty-one
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push and pull

living in the present
yes I get that who doesn’t
taking in the sights and sounds
as if you’re seeing the world
around you each and every day
for the very first time

but alas what challenges
the present creates
especially when piecing
together past and future events
defining and redefining
perceptions and realities
not to mention those ever elusive
dream interpretations

so here you are sitting
at an outdoor cafe
alone or perhaps with a
real or imagined friend
living in the moment as they say
never pulling back or pushing forward
somehow knowing every single word
to every single song streaming
out into the open air

april two thousand nineteen
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