A Song for the Yak

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 …

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
Gary Barwin's books include the recent novel, Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy and the poetry collection Bird Arsonist (with Tom Prime). He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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