Robert Rorabeck

Bronze Star - 2,195 Points (04/10/1978 / Berrien Springs)

As The Waves Took Breath In The Tide - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

It snows in the coquina forts,
And the fox roots wither like tourists in their
But what about the glassblowers in their
Hypnotizing art,
To which the chickens are attentive, and the
Heathenish flames flicker and dart;
As you lay down your finite body, and its infinite
Down across the brown slim tresses of your world
Quite literally across the railroad tracks;
And I don’t want anymore dreams after you:
I told you that I would kill myself for you, and that
Was real:
And the switchblades glisten over the foreclosed
As the otters dunk into their homes,
And the stewardesses leap like nursery times, at least
Two or three times,
As I say your name and extinguish all of my wishes;
As Ii have blow your hair out my window as we drove
Next to the sea to whom I compared you to,
Gasping like another fish to your soul,
Or singing like a drowning butterfly you name
To a laughable star: Alma, Alma, Alma,
As the waves took breathe in the tide; as, heedlessly,
The wives collectively came inside.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 20, 2010

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