The Ramingo’s Porch – A New Poem By John Yamrus

John Yamrus

after the reading

i
took
some of the money i made

and
stopped off at K Mart…

i
bought
a bag of dog food,

some
new underwear

and
a pack of gum.

i didn’t need the underwear,
and no one complained too much about my breath,

so, maybe i didn’t need the gum, either.

the dog food’s another story.

truth
be told,
i just wanted
to be able to spend
some of the money i made.

i
wanted
to feel that
all that standing around,
reading my poems in front of a crowd,

and
acting like a fool

was
somehow worth it.

it
didn’t matter.

at
the end of the day,

they
had my books

and
i had
what little was left of my soul.

just
another
payday drunk,
hoping to make it home
before the light turned red.


 

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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