i was 13

on a
Halloween night,

and me
and my friends
were out stealing pumpkins


in a
great big night
of smash and run and
nobody ever chased us except

one old man
who ran us down the block,
around the corner and into a field,

where we
lay in the weeds,


while he stood
on the sidewalk and yelled:

“i know
you’re out there.

i can hear you!

one day, you’re gonna regret this!”

damn it,

the old guy was right.

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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