poetry by j matthew waters

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at one with the earth

they huddle around the fire
the little ones in front
wrapped in animal hides
and mesmerized by the flames

black and bedazzled
is the sky
exhalations of storytellers
reading from unwritten books

soundless nights accentuate
the reality of dreams
projecting and protecting
the history of a people
at one with the earth

december two thousand sixteen
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waiting to be retold

Dedicated to Melvin Lloyd Rinehart
August 9, 1953 – January 15, 2014

the stories have grown silent
tucked away in the corners
of a wild imagination
neither asleep nor awake
but simply resting on a shelf
up above outstretched arms

they will never be forgotten
and they will always be true
their beauty down-to-earth
but now ethereal
lying in a perpetual state of
anticipatory retelling

january two thousand fourteen
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