Poetry: did ya ever by John Yamrus

did ya ever
the one 
about the three guys 
who got trapped in a mine? 
it happened 
back in the 60s 
in a Pennsylvania coal town, 
(like i said) 
there were 3 guys 
trapped in a mine and it 
went on for days and days and 
by the 
time it was done, 
there was talk of aliens 
just about 
everything else 
you could think of, 
including the pope. 
a couple 
of years later 
there was even a hit song 
that was or wasn’t about it. 
i think 
the mine thing
happened back in ’63...
same year 
Kennedy was killed. 
there’s so many 
unanswered questions there, too, 
the whole 
point of the story being 
that no matter what happens, you 
really get to 
know the truth. 
you can do 
is keep your head down, 
and like 
those three guys 
trapped in the cave, 
you keep 
your fingers crossed 
and hope 
it turns out right 
in the end.

John Yamrus has published 39 books. He has also had more than 3,500 poems published in magazines and anthologies around the world. A number of his books and poems are taught in college and university courses. He is widely considered to be a master of minimalism and the neo-noir in modern poetry.  His two most recent books are the memoir THE STREET and a volume of poetry called PEOPLE (AND OTHER BAD IDEAS). Several of his books have also appeared in translation.


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