The Ramingo’s Porch – Six Poems By John Yamrus

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the thing

about
you and me

(she said)

the thing that
draws us
together

is
we’re both fucked

and
we know it.

there’s no
way out,

so
we
might
as well
enjoy the ride.

she
said it,

put down her glass,

turned

and
walked
out the door.

damn,
from that angle,

she
sure
looked good.


 

most days

he
just sat
with the sun
coming in over his shoulder,

like something out of
a Robert Mitchum movie.

he’d read
The Grapes Of Wrath
and play old Alberta Hunter songs

the
good ones.

the
real ones.

it
went on
just like that…

day
after day,

until
the luck
finally ran out.

and
he was
good with that.


 

the interviewer

didn’t
know what
to make of it
when she asked me

“in
case of a fire,
what’s the first thing you would grab”,

and
i answered:

“my balls”.


 

he thought

then,
of the books
he had written.

truly,
he had succeeded

at
nothing.

it
was
a very
good feeling.


 

she said

she
was pleased
to finally meet
a “genuine” author.

“i
write
a little, myself,”

she
said…

“and
one day
i’m gonna
publish a book

that’s
gonna knock
everyone’s socks off.

including
yours.”

she
looked sad

and
asked

“exactly
what kind of writer

are you?”

i
signed
the book…

handed
it to her, and

walking away
mumbled:

the
failed kind.


 

you

are
a single

blue
thought

mingling
with
my

black


 

Since 1970 John Yamrus has published 25 volumes of poetry, 2 novels and 2 volumes of non-fiction. He has also had more than 2,000 poems published in print magazines around the world. Selections of his poetry have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Romanian, Albanian, Estonian and Bengali. His poetry is taught in numerous colleges and universities. RMA, his latest book, is a continuation of MEMORY LANE, John’s highly praised look back at his early years, growing up in a Pennsylvania coal mining family in the 1950s. His website is: http://www.johnyamrus.com

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