Monthly Archives: September 2011

Turning the Page

Reading my novel, I wait for the train
Dreaming of my destination
I know that I know it must be there
As I keep going from station to station

I can’t keep track of all the end of the lines
That I’ve passed by without a blink
I’ve spent some time at every town
I can imagine of what you must think

I know I’ll know, when it comes up the line
It doesn’t matter what my age
I’ve been riding now for forty years
Soon I’ll turn the page

© 2011 Michael Yost

Senryu Forty Two

Falling on deaf ears
Nothing but melancholy
Keeps me company

© 2011 Michael Yost


Spending the feelings harmlessly
Writing it out, then only to burn
Having spent the feelings harmlessly
Writing it out made me learn.

Never speak out angry and hurt
Calm down and disarm
Spend the feelings harmlessly
Write it out without causing alarm

© 2011 Michael Yost

The I Am Blues (via A Writer’s Life)

This is a wonderful song.

Just a quick note. Some of you may remember a poem I wrote a few years ago called I Am. Apparently it's just been turned into a song. I didn't know anything about it and only recently stumbled across it via Google; I had licensed it under a creative commons licence and it looks like someone liked it enough to turn it into a kind of song/audio reading on ccMixter. It's actually two samples; an a cappella reading of the poem by Togora and then a re … Read More

via A Writer's Life


Mortality has come upon me
Making my heart skip a beat
Realizing time has an ending
There’s something I’d like to repeat

To live each moment in the present
Enjoying it, as if it were the last
With the future one second forward
Without measuring things from the past

© 2011 Michael Yost


The period ends the sentence.
These words stop here you know.
We all see your repentance;
It’s also time you go.

© 2011 Michael Yost

So I Might Smile

Resonating reflections of my voice
Hollow echoes of your name
Lighting candles could have been your choice
In lieu of extinguished flames

Thinking that I can read your mind
As if it’s something I could do
To know your feelings though I’m blind
Still thinking you love me too

Instead of putting false hope in gloves
Only to beat myself in blame
Please allow me God to enjoy my love
So I might smile at the sound of her name

© 2011 Michael Yost