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making up words


lately I’ve been busy making up words
words without definitions
screaming and smiling at the same time
mouth forming an imperfect circle
inquisitive eyes looking my way
fingertips touching cheeks
unsure whether to laugh or cry

I got so loud they kicked us out
before my party even had a chance
to finish their drinks
but those who found humor
in my made-up words waved good-bye
talking amongst themselves
who or what on earth I could possibly be

I tell you now I could be just about anyone
your best friend or worst nightmare
but truth be told I’m here to stay
making up words without definitions
screaming them as I may
as long as my lungs will let me




july two thousand nineteen
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all rights reserved

words without friends


throwing words against wall
seeing what will stick
be it war or peace
or work or play
sun or moon or stars

some stick better than others
individuals letters
peeling off now and then
turning batch into bach
or clock into cock
crow into row

sometimes it’s fun
to toss one letter at a time
like darts in a barroom
spelling heart without an E
or soul without a U
bullseye with one I

sometimes nothing sticks
and you find yourself
back in the drawing room
making words with ink
one lonely letter at a time




december two thousand eighteen
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forever held in peace


what’s not said holds
more meaning
than any spoken word made in haste

how many times have you heard
it’s not what you said
but the way in which you said it

and what about those thoughts
left unsaid
do you know how they simply
go by the wayside
like acts of contrition
performed in private

it shouldn’t have to come to this
afraid to speak for fear
the moon will never weep again
afraid to sleep
for fear the sun may never rise




november two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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