Robert Rorabeck

Bronze Star - 2,592 Points (04/10/1978 / Berrien Springs)

Birthday Wishes, Of Course - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

Tired rooms in opulent boredom,
And today I drove through the Zuni nation:
Our tax dollars had bought for them a hash of
Repetitious houses,
And I thought of you: Oh, Erin,
My flower of evil, as I ate sweetened popcorn
And drank guava nectar,
And dreamed up new dire novels of incest and
Witches,
And waited to get all the way home into these
High brushes to get drunk safely and to think
Of you;
And Monday is your birthday,
And all the boys know the road courses of your
Flesh,
And I am just doing this to put myself to sleep,
To sate on the fermented sugar cane what you
Would not give to me,
That you would not settle down upon my bed
And bare my name and your breasts,
Because even now I am sick and I am dying,
And the day is long and hung over the canals like
Dirty folded sheets of laundry,
And the blue gills are eaten by the alligators,
And the fallen cypress don’t lead but to no where,
And I’ve said I love you, Erin,
But no one reads this anymore,
And the seasons are obsolete where I used to find
You in, the feverish pornography of junked cars,
And no one gives a damn,
When the words are mortal and not fully hung;
And I’ve already said I loved you,
But my pitch went foul and you were too beautiful
To swing, and waited with baited breath for a
Better artist and friend chiseled at the usual gym,
Blowing out your candle with his tongue,
Knowing which way you come,
And the words I’ve told you,
You couldn’t possibly care to know.

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Comments about Birthday Wishes, Of Course by Robert Rorabeck

  • The Poet Poet (5/11/2019 11:51:00 AM)

    When I am dead...YOU WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS THEREAFTER
    SAY BEFORE I AM DEAD
    AND I HAVE LEARNED LIBRAS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL
    GALS AND GUYS
    AND SCORPIONS ARE POISONOUS
    IRRESPECTIVE
    all attack as they do in jungles deep
    be it Vietnam or the farther East
    day out in gardens and in the darkness at night
    contd
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  • Francis Lynch (6/28/2015 7:49:00 PM)

    Fine poem. Contrats on the daily. (Report)Reply

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  • Patricia Grantham (6/28/2015 7:16:00 PM)

    Love the wishes in this poem. Enjyed' (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (6/28/2015 11:09:00 AM)

    A very well written piece, Robert. Thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • (6/28/2015 5:09:00 AM)

    all for the love of a life (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 12, 2009



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