Matthew Rohrer

(1970 / Ann Arbor, Michigan)

The Amaranth - Poem by Matthew Rohrer

is an imaginary flower that never fades.
The amaranth is blue with black petals,
it's yellow with red petals,
it's enormous and grows into the shape
of a girl's house,
the seeds nestle high in the closet
where she hid a boy.
The boy and his bike flee
the girl's parents from the tip
of the leaves, green summer light
behind the veins.
The amaranth is an imaginary flower
in the shape of a girl's house
dispensing gin and tonics
from its thorns, a succulent.
This makes the boy's bike steer
off-course all summer, following
the girl in her marvelous car,
the drunken bike.

He was a small part of summer,
he was summer's tongue.

Comments about The Amaranth by Matthew Rohrer

  • Susan Williams (6/4/2016 5:54:00 PM)

    This is imagination overflowing its cup! ! ! ! So fresh and original! ! ! I am bedazzled by it.... I must read more Matthew Rohrer! (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/4/2016 4:22:00 AM)

    From its thorns! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (6/4/2016 3:23:00 AM)

    Lovely poem about an imaginary flower with an imagery involving a girl and a boy. Thanks.
    The amaranth is an imaginary flower
    dispensing gin and tonics
    from its thorns, a succulent.
    (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (6/4/2016 12:38:00 AM)

    What a lovely poem...Congrats on being poet of the day! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 11, 2016

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