The Ramingo’s Porch – Three Poems By John Yamrus

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Tony The Lip

was
older than he looked,

was
impressed
by the smell of his own farts,

lied
about everything,

never
held a job for long,

ate
everything,

drank
anything,

and
changed his shorts

no
more
than once a week.

Tony had
3 bad marriages,

4 shack-ups,

and
that one month he
never cared to talk about.

i liked
Tony.


 

approaching 70:

at
this
point in the game,

i guess
i’m supposed to
be writing things like:

“sands at 70”;
“the end is near”;
and “ode to my lost and misspent youth”…

but,
i get the feeling
that i ain’t done yet.

not
by a long shot.

so,
give me
what you got.

i’m
tough.

i
can
take it.

go
ahead.

i
double-dog dare you.


 

looking

at
herself
in the mirror,

she
knew
she was
a promise
she couldn’t keep.


 

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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