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.

Image credit:David Blackwell

Since 1970 John Yamrus has published 25 volumes of poetry, 2 novels and one volume of non-fiction.  He has also had nearly 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.  MEMORY LANE, his newest book, is a look back at his childhood in a Pennsylvania coal mining town in the 1950s.

His website is: johnyamrus.com