he was

to this bit
of graffiti he saw
written in white paint
on the side of a building.

it was
in an alley,

and it read:
“fuck the world –
and fuck you if you don’t love it.”

later that week,
looking to get the words just right,

went back,

when he
got there, it was gone –

just the words

the wall,

the whole
damn building.

torn down.


and, fuck you if you don’t love that.

Image Credit:Andreas Fickl

In a career spanning more than 50 years as a working writer, John Yamrus has published 26 volumes of poetry, 2 novels, 3 volumes of non-fiction and a children’s book. He has also had more than 2,000 poems published in magazines and anthologies around the world. Selections of his work have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Romanian, Albanian, Estonian and Bengali. His poetry is taught in numerous colleges and universities. His website is: http://www.johnyamrus.com