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Introducing a new series of poems by Julian Matthews. Julian is a writer and Pushcart-nominated poet published in The American Journal of Poetry, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Borderless Journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Dream Catcher Magazine,  Live Encounters Magazine, Lothlorien Poetry Journal and The New Verse News, among others. He is a mixed-race minority from Malaysia and lived in Ipoh for seven years. Currently based in Petaling Jaya, he is a media trainer and consultant for senior management of multinationals on Effective Media Relations, Social Media and Crisis Communications. He was formerly a journalist with The Star and Nikkei Business Publications Inc


By Julian Matthews

I put him in there.

He looks a lot like me.

Miniature me.

I am not a strong swimmer.

Not even in salty water.

What more coffee.

I’d probably drown in the Dead Sea.

But little me is doing all right.

Maybe it’s the gravity.

Or all that sugar I put in.

They say caffeine can kill you.

I am vouching for mini me.

Wait. It’s not me at all.

It’s you. Tiny you.

I stir and watch you swirl around a bit.

Then disappear.

The first sip is the deepest.

First published in The Marbled Sigh, USA

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