Say You'll Haunt Me
Inside this cage I hear you sing your personal psalms songs of woe and joy and everything in between during your darkest moments supernovas shine high above though not in your line of sight they keep you off guard and hopeful your face is patterned vertical lines channeling emotions streaming from your eyes out in the yard shadows cast familiar symmetrical smiles some nights you are unprepared to fall asleep in my arms one day a miracle will open the door leaving you with new ideas either spiraling yourself far away or forever haunting my days The Wounded Marionette it was hard to see the strings stuffed inside his rucksack as he rode the train from one town to the next all slumped over and needing a miracle or two to bring him back to his former self they stopped the bleeding back on the battlefield stitched him up as best they could sending him on his merry way cross bar and all staring out at the countryside he went in and out of consciousness the landscape as desolate as his thoughts leading him to wonder if the good doctor would be able to save his most precious possessions Bio from 2019: J Matthew Waters was born in Rock Island, Illinois in 1961, and grew up across the Mississippi in Davenport, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1984 with a B.A. in English. His first collection of poetry "Five Hundred Pieces," was published in 1997. His second collection, "In the Middle of Somewhere," was released as a Kindle edition in 2011. In 2013, he published "101 Chances," in both Kindle and paperback editions. His latest collection entitled "Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute" was released in December, 2015. He currently resides in Cedar Rapids, IA where he works and plays and writes.