publishers
is retired
and living in France.

he’s on his second wife and
lives on
a farm in the country.

every now and then
he sends me
these long, long
e-mails talking about the wine,
the food, the people
and how much he
loves his life
since he
ditched the
first wife, gave up writing
and moved away.

in relative terms
he’s on the near side
of rich…

i swear to god
he got
none of that
from publishing
me.

i didn’t even answer
his last two
e-mails.

i didn’t know
what to say,
other than
i hope
he’s happy over there,
in France,
with his
2nd wife and
his fields and
his wine.
when you
get right down
to it,
at the end of it all,
we both won…

he
and i…

he’s got
France,
and i’ve got
me.

Image credit:Bud Ellison

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