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15 Rosedale Lane


Billy’s in the kitchen
washing radish leaves
singing cry baby cry

In the next room
twin girls take turns peering
out the window and
banging on the spinet

Upstairs two TVs repeat
black & white silents
the shower in the master bath
steaming the mirrored walls

Billy’s since moved on
going back underground
sporting a red miner’s hat
and carrying a flashlight



february two thousand seventeen
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all rights reserved

look out for that root


it’s awful lonely in this box
but the beauty of it is
you can hear everything

the first thing I’m gonna do
when I break out
is move that hazelnut bush
away from the fence

roots seem to all ball up
and intermingle endlessly
when they got no place to go
but thanks to the spade
nothing ever stays
quite the same
from this season to the next



january two thousand seventeen
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dig


this underground railroad
runs hundreds of miles
beneath streets
built upon streets
five or six deep

it spirals deeper
into the earth
like a long and winding
corkscrew

when the excavators
reached the end
of the track
they became trapped
into a civilization
that has no end



july two thousand twelve
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all rights reserved

Underground Games


I stayed under the radar so many years
battling wired demons in cyber alleyways
using keystroke shortcuts and ingenuity
to seek and destroy with a sword I call Sam.

Scaling the mountainous leaderboards
didn’t happen overnight but after a while
double agents offered me synthetic cocktails
and promises of money, women and fame.

When uncovering an unlocked window
to the castle of a fabled power broker
my newfound friends soon followed me
into the compromised vault of treasure.

Once inside my instincts sensed betrayal
and I transformed my key into Sam
the two of us eliminating the inferior threats
escaping with intentions of retiring this time.



july two thousand twelve
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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