do
his suffering

in
grand style…

starting off with
beer in the morning,

then
the good wine
as the afternoon and
the memories kicked in.

toward evening

he
switched
to Grey Goose

and
finished the night
with his old friend, tequila.

it
wasn’t much,
but it was all he had…

besides,

when
the checks came,

they
covered the rent,

and
the Goose and
every now and then,

even
the food.

the
poems
he wrote got
worse and worse…

eventually,
the mail stopped coming

and
there was
absolutely nothing
on t.v.

Image credit:Piotr Miazga

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