What The A Stands For

365 in one year? That’s impressive, Even for me. I guess I’m excited About facilitating a writing workshop. Today, I was still moving– Via public transportation. That’s tough. At least on my arms. I take on too much on my shoulders– The A doesn’t stand for Atlas. I wish I had a Greek name. I … Continue reading What The A Stands For


Hey, You! You Inspire Me.

Writing poetry before an open mic. Thanks, Adam Robinson! Your words Inspire me–plus I like the picture On the cover of your book. When clean-shaven, I wonder How long it takes you to grow Your beard out again. I have trouble Growing full beards, so I wonder About these things. I also want to thank … Continue reading Hey, You! You Inspire Me.

Cold Coffee Blues

Cold coffee gives me the runs. Guess I better run to the restroom. Copyright 2013 A. J. Hayes Give a poet a pen

You Aren’t What You Are Called

Understand your name is a joke. It isn’t who you are, but what people Call you. Shakespeare said this more Eloquently–you know, the line about A rose being a rose. Or was that Bacon? Some say they are one in the same, So forgive my transgression. I only have an A. A. in English; I … Continue reading You Aren’t What You Are Called

Where Was Your Mind Yesterday

Happy birthday, grandma! I called to say hello. Everything was fine when you thought I was my older brother. When I reiterated that I was your Youngest grandchild, you suddenly Aren’t doing so well. Am I really that undesirable That I bring you additonal pain? If that’s the case, I wish I hadn’t called, but you … Continue reading Where Was Your Mind Yesterday

Life Is Around You*

Around you is life– You already knew that. People, animals, trees Are all alive, just like you. But that’s not all that is alive. Rocks, the wind, buildings Are alive, too, in different ways. There is a science behind life, Though scientists fail to comprehend It. To them, “life” is limited by certain traits. Until … Continue reading Life Is Around You*

House Pets Are Family Members Too

You are not the epitome Of life. I am happy being A dog, or comfortable in my Felinehood. Partially because, Although I know we are not the same, I do not think of you as different. You rub my back when I ask, You take me out for walks when I beg. You listen, because you … Continue reading House Pets Are Family Members Too