Robert Rorabeck

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

However Far Away - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

Bodies persistent in their new marriage and I am
Taking the long way around my caracoles,
And I don’t want to have to say anything more about
The grizzly bears there and the cathedrals that I have trained
Not to mention the candelabrums of mosquitoes:
I would rather spend every reckless breath in Florida alone and
Celibate pining over
Alma- playing that I will give her the winsome keys to my bright
And yellow house,
Give her all that is good: give her the breath of my soul,
And make sure that forever she is only populated by the love of
Her best man, her groom that sang to her on her wedding day
While my mother peeked inside a window and then
Went back outside to gossip with her sister,
While the alligators gargle their fluoride and Erin listens further upstate
To her bands; and she smokes weed and jerks off too, just like
A real tomboy that I’ve hidden many splendiferous things for in the
Real hollows of the old oak tree, while the hobos skip town,
And sing the better blues until I have no one left to sing to;
And then the day finally comes that there is an eclipse, and Erin
Metamorphoses, but she still has nothing to give to me,
And I look deeply into your eyes, whoever you are, and however far away.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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