Poetry: Addicted to the Madness by J Matthew Waters

addicted to the madness

shots fired in the tourist district
a stampede in the streets
just past midnight

the eyes of children fearless & furious
peer through casement windows

though brighter than the morning light
they dare not stare too long
lest they go blind

sirens & flashing lights & gunshots
feet running & cars screaming

confusion reigns & becomes supreme
bodies pretend to sleep
just past midnight

the eyes of children fearless & furious
regaining count of all the sheep

refuge & solace sought after
who will offer comfort
in this chaos

as if thrown into a make-believe mob
they act without instruction

moonshine barely noticeable
spotting bullet casings
just past midnight

the eyes of children fearless & furious
rewinding & replaying

https://jdubqca.com/ to find more poetry on J Matthew’s site.

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.

https://feversofthemind.com/2021/07/08/a-fevers-of-the-mind-quick-9-interview-with-j-matthew-waters/

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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