was a
ruined white flower.

she
had to
be 80 or more,

but
she stood there,
in the back of the room,

while i
read my poems
to a couple of dozen students

who only
looked tired and bored.

i wasn’t into it
and neither were they,
and all i could see was this mop

of
stringy
grey hair

and
a face that
kept urging me on.

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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