poetry by j matthew waters

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oh mercy me

I saw what you did there
changing your spots into stripes
thinking nobody would notice

of course who am I to talk
having shed my skin so many moons ago
back when I was granted clemency
by the powers that be
seeing the world from new perspectives

I saw you going into the woods
and I was sure you’d never return
at least not in my lifetime

of course I followed you in
not as your weaponized protector
more like a casual observer
curious in witnessing
the mystery of divine intervention

I saw what I saw
the blind man said to the snake
the former having left his former self

february two thousand twenty
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transformation embraced

now that death is upon us
the curse of darkness has been lifted
replaced by a faint light
gradually expanding in the dead of night

fear not the universe next door
having frequented your once lucid dreams
providing glimmers of hope
when otherwise preoccupied with despair

closure is but a paradox
like a cold case begging to be unwrapped
if for no other reason
than as a reminder you’ll always be loved

november two thousand eighteen
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annual transformations

stranger is the night on halloween eve
like a mad scientist creating in the lab
saving face from an alien race

growing wings like a common housefly
aspiring to be an angel for one sad girl
laughing quietly behind closed door

time travelers get lost exploring
mountains or underground tunnels
designed to keep you trapped inside
spherically-shaped revolving objects

nothing to hide and everything to gain
he loses himself beneath her skin
stealing mind and body and soul
invisible wires tied to extremities

october two thousand sixteen
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the treaty of good riddance

let go of the anger
leave it at the doorstep
ring the bell and run away

there is no room for it
anywhere or anymore

all it does is drag you down
leaving you
and everyone around you

let go of the anger
and reach out to someone
in need
someone you’d never thought
would need help
or someone on the other side

let go of the anger
and instead practice humility
and patience
and gratitude
start proving to yourself
you can live without it
and be someone better
than you were the day before

think of the restraints anger
puts on your life
how it prolongs your depression
and reinforces your addictions
preventing you from ever truly
enjoying the benefits of positivity
hospitality and endless creativity

think about it
think about how losing your anger
would be the best thing the world
would ever know

food will taste better
the air will smell sweeter
and those streaks of light
racing through the sky
will be nothing but beautifully peaceful

january two thousand fourteen
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