poetry by j matthew waters

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rebuilding the empire

listen     first it’s just a rat-a tap-tap
followed by
    knocks & bigger knocks
             maybe fist through drywall
sledgehammer hitting brick

outside it’s a cool blue day
listen     man-made grunts at
      zero degrees celsius
heavy breaths like dense fog
             rising & falling ceaselessly

modern day destroyers
       burning down rome
             every other third day
if you stop & listen     you can hear
      raindrops pounding ashes

january two thousand twenty-one
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in your free time bright ideas
arise out of thin air
and fizzle into nothingness

more often than not
trial and error leads you
tossing your thoughts to the birds
and you wonder if they will feed on them
or regurgitate them like earthworms

but if you’re industrious enough
you can incubate them
study them
nurture them
transform them with
wood and glue and nails

on lazy weekend afternoons
you sit and listen to birds happily
singing to their little ones
and you realize it’s best
to deconstruct your inner thoughts
and rebuild them into something
better than before

july two thousand fourteen
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building blocks and dreams

we worked the wet sand
into old world castles
restarting aqueducts and
protecting the bridge with
toy soldiers

overnight tides washed
away recent memory
giving way to daybreak
and the innocence of
virgin beaches

starting from scratch
we sawed and
sanded and hammered away
convincing ourselves
things will be different

december two thousand thirteen
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