“The Thing of it Is” — a poem by Alan Yount

February 14th, 2019






“For The Long Times, Through Life Together.”
(For Jerra)


when thinking
…………of this idea,

I always,
…………think of someone playing

“on the sunny side
…………of the street.”

you and I
…………taking care of each other

…the best we can
…………in all those old years.

it is beyond a duty …
…………it is beyond a faith …

it’s an undescribable
…………feeling for each other.

and you almost always, don’t know how,
…………another song, will turn out.




the thing of it is,
…………in another song …

that’s just
…………the way … it is.




make sure, you both hold tight:
…………every single night,

that you still have,







Alan Yount, 71, has written and published poetry for over 50 years. His many poems have appeared over the years in publications such as WestWard Quarterly (where he was invited to be the Featured Writer and Poet for the summer, 2018 issue), Big Scream, Green’s Magazine (Canada), Spring: the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society (academic journal), Wind, Legend, Roanoke Review, Tidepool, Art Centering Magazine (Zen Center of Hawaii), Wormwood Review, Palo Alto Review, Barefoot Grass Journal, Frontier: Custom & Archetype, Modern Haiku, and The Pegasus Review.  

He has been in three anthologies: Passionate Hearts (New World Library), Sunflowers and Locomotives: Songs for Allen Ginsberg  (published by Nada Press and the poet David Cope). Alan was one of 31 poets along with Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The third anthology was The Chrysalis Reader.

            Alan also plays jazz trumpet, and has led his own dance band. He is a direct descendant of the famous frontiersman, Daniel Boone.





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