Poetry

A Song for the Yak

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• 111 words

I feel pain
a yak says
when I stick a backgammon set
in my eye
or Celine Dion

I should clarify
the yak says
grammar is a rich ape that gets
someone else to swing from the trees
while it slumps in a deckchair
text messaging
those who wait

O rich ape
the yak says
sometimes I get Celine Dion
in my eye
and she insists on singing
though I am in pain
and the police
are chasing me

In every ending
there is a new beginning
yadda yadda yadda
my mother always said
though I never listened too carefully
because after all
we were yaks and
I had limited expectations


  • Gary Barwin

    Nice to see this poem, here, on the Internet, all these years later. One thing though. All the line breaks seem to have disappeared from this poem—unless that’s them, all bunched together at the end of this page, breaking emptiness into even smaller bits of emptiness. Kind of poetic really, when you think about it.

    • http://thewalrus.ca/ thewalrus.ca

      More poetic: the lines as you originally wrote them. Breaks have been restored.

      • Gary Barwin

        Not the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the breaks that brought back to the yak. Thanks very much!