Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Temptation on the Trail

Over the edge hanging by four fingers
The pit of my being said let’s not linger
Adrenaline strength, but one finger was slipping
Salt in my eyes from the sweat that was dripping

Falling in slow motion my hand is grabbed tight
My feet start to slide as I fight for my life
Going down hard, rock’s cut open my knees
Then I stopped my slide when I grabbed a tree

He pulled me forward and I fell face down
Clutching the weeds, I was praising the ground
I thanked the stranger that saved me from dying
My tears mixed with sweat as I started crying

I finally get up and look down the dirt road
Thinking I’ll never stray and do as I’m told
No matter how great the temptation may be
I’ll look down at my leg and the scar on my knee

© 2011 Michael Yost 12/03

Great New Year

What do you have for me?
More layers of quilt to address?
Let me say goodbye to this old year;
After these sins I confess.

Looking forward to a blank new sheet
Gives me hope for a great new year
Let me turn the page of yesterday
With a mind that’s totally clear

Thinking you can weigh me down
Bringing up  past sins suits you fine
Nothing you can do will make me
Sit down hurt, wail and pine

So go your way straight to hell
There’s nothing for you here
My conscious is clean and ready
To start a great New Year

© 2011 Michael Yost

Shadows Cast

Trying to live out over what I’ve been
When the past keeps stepping on my tail
There’s no question of what I deserve
Or when my foot can lose the pail

But it’s the acceptance I must learn to bear
For the character of my long past
But Jesus is there who forgives and forgets
I’m thankful for because of my shadows cast

© 2011 Michael Yost


The cost of feeling this way is too much
I would have never invested knowing thus
My eyes have cried dry
I feel like I died
With my two legs gone and having one crutch

© 2011 Michael Yost

Haiku 13

Sand covered my face
Tumbling on the white warm beach
Clowning as I rolled

© 2011 Michael Yost

Only One

Only one broke the heart of the poet
Others only guess but my soul knows it
Sighs and regret being released from their lips
Are all stirred up, from that single courtship

Others may blur the bottom line
Tied with the one that they really pine
All these poems of rejection lie
Within these lines where my heart does cry


© 2011 Michael Yost