poetry by j matthew waters

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ongoing clinical trials

it was thursday & we turned
everything off

outside the front door
I stood on the patio & breathed in
the fresh air

the grass & concrete
was slightly frosted over
the neighborhood street
quiet & mostly vacant
(somehow eerily queer)
like in a king story
or hitchcock movie

back in the kitchen
feel free to pick your poison
mimosa or bloody mary
or any kind of shot in the dark
whether from the liquor
or medicine cabinet

if for some reason
you feel the need to get away
please remember the little turkey
should be ready by two

november two thousand twenty
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

on thursday afternoon

the old table sits twelve with all the leaves in place
but we couldn’t find them all

we were only expecting eight or ten anyway
but by the time halftime arrived there were a couple
dozen mingling about the old farmhouse

when the beer and soda began to run low
we passed the hat and sent the twins into town

meanwhile all the men were kicked out of the kitchen
and a number of them went out back to start a fire

it was a cold but bright sunny day
and I heard some of the littles ones say
how wonderful it would be
if only it would snow on thanksgiving

november two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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