Stranger In Your Own Home by Matt Nagin

i guess in the darkness

there is light

and when wandering empty halls

you can find your way back

to where you started

and i guess

among the shattered plans

there are table scraps

silly maps

concave routes

that suddenly make you

feel almost ready again

to jump toward the fire.


and i guess when

the paths implode

and the bombs erupt

and the sky rains sadness

upon us all

a murderous tempest of

fear and a razing off all

that once seemed secure

i guess

yes i guess then

it won’t matter

that you failed to rise up

when the opportunity was

before you.


Matt Nagin is a writer, educator, actor, filmmaker and standup comedian. His poetry has been published in Antigonish Review, Dash Literary Journal, The Charles Carter, Grain Magazine and Arsenic Lobster, among other markets. His first poetry collection, “Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight,” was released in 2017, and has obtained very strong reader reviews on Amazon. More info at