i never thought i'd

end
this way.

chronic pain
24/7.

it hurts to move, it
hurt to sit, it
hurts
to breathe.

that wasn't supposed
to be me.

i expected to be
htting my 60s
fully formed
as the crazy old guy
who hit all
the elevator buttons
and ran.

never,
no way
did i
expect
for this
to happen.

but that's
okay.

you
play the hand
you're dealt.

besides,
inside
i still am
that
guy
i wanted to become.

and whoever's
resonsible
for that other thing...

you and i
gotta talk.


© John Yamrus
His latest book, DOING CARTWHEELS ON DOOMSDAY AFTERNOON, was published by Epic Rites Press and is at http://wolfgangcarstens.dot5hosting.com/store/page2.html