October 15, 2014

John Yamrus



she

had
a
power
that
made
other
women
seem

unimportant.


sometimes,

the most unexpected thing
about beauty,

is
finding it

gone.



it was

just
another instance
of good plans gone bad.

it
didn't
surprise him.

right from the start
he knew it was going to hell.

he'd driven
halfway to her house
behind a truckload of coffins.

he
liked
that line
from The Great Gatsby
that read:

"Life
is much more
successfully looked at
from a single
window."

he didn't
understand it,

but,
he liked it.

he felt that
everyone should have a motto.

that
was his.

anyway,
when he got to her house,
she was already
gone.

she
finally
followed thru
on her threat to leave.

before he left,
he kicked in the back door,

walked
into the kitchen
and looked out
a single window.

─poems selected from Alchemy, 2014

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John Yamrus is the author of two novels and twenty-one volumes of poetry. His latest is Alchemy from Epic Rites Press. Widely published, his work has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish, Romanian, and Japanese.