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standing outside the bar looking in | By Greg Yerumyan

I see my pain
which is a pain that’s not
but it’s still there
just as God’s
still there
just as ghosts just as UFOs
are still there
I see my friends and strangers
I see their freedom
their total unawareness
and I think
my God
it must be nice to controllably
lose control
I walk away and know
that it doesn’t matter
where I go
because in my mind
I’m still outside the bar
looking in


Greg Yerumyan holds a BA in English and Political Science from UC Davis and is pursuing an MA in English at Chapman University. His poetry has appeared in WestwindThe Allegheny Review, and Z Publishing’s California’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, among other publications. He works as a writing tutor at Chapman and Fullerton College.




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1 Comment
  • elizabeth vazquez
    May 15, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    brilliant. insightful. ched.

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