Monthly Archives: May 2012

This Then That

Can’t get no satisfaction
Not locking in on anything
Adrift on the wind caprice
Fourth line slips; like a greased pig

I started to change myself talk
Gaining new strength with every word
This is truly who I am today
I don’t need another cure

Versifying verifies our voice
The voice that holds us up high
As long as we write down our words
They’ll define who we are and we’ll not die

© 2012 Michael Yost 05/29       

Senryu Sixty

As the hands circle
Against the smoked glass windows
The children’s dreams blend

© 2012 Michael Yost 05/26

Stay Away Stay

Nothing stands out more than a man that’s been used
The shuffle in his walk, his shoulders rounded and his chin to his chest
In some cases you’ll hear the sobbing a block away
Even after he found out he begged her to stay

The sharpie colored circles under his bloodshot eyes
That dart here and there looking for a trace of what may be
Instead watching everything around him just crumbling away
Hoping in his heart of hearts she really wanted to stay

Finally it dawned on him from his old flame that still cared
She hated to see my blinded heart of the witch’s intent
Two times the pain reminding me I pushed my old flame away
When I would have been happier if I had asked her to stay


© 2012 Michael Yost 05/25

When Shadows Disappear

How long do the shadows grow before they disappear?
When do the smiles fade when all hope is turned to fear?
Why does wonder finally start to seek its own level?
Where you look around before compromising with the devil?

Here’s the questions the barker promises, the mystic will answer.
Just a tenth of a dollar gets you in, plus you’ll see the dancers.
She looks at the lad gave back his day’s wage and hit him on the rear
Pushes him out the back was gone before his shadow disappeared

© 2012 Michael Yost 05/23

Word Balloons

Your thoughts consume my feelings
As you blow your word balloons
Claustrophobic as word balloons force me down
Down, down, down to the ground

© 2012 Michael Yost 5/16