Robert Rorabeck

Bronze Star - 2,259 Points (04/10/1978 / Berrien Springs)

The Monolithic Airplanes So Far Above My Head - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

Forget the yellow light:
Forget butterflies and the Mexican slang for
Forget the nursery and the tourists who come
In wanting to know the meaningless names
For the horticulture of their
Inevitably boring landscaping:
Forget even stewardesses and their milky eyed
Lawyers far above the
Mandibles of ants or the jaws of alligators,
Forget even how you took off on the swings with me;
And how before that I had run away to Michigan
To jerk off in a fabulous cemetery
And kiss my aunt:
Forget my affluently dirty trick of an uncle water skiing
Or playing water polo:
Just remember that today is your birthday;
And you have spent all day with your daughter, or kissing
Your boyfriend and eating flan and making wishes:
Just forget all of those wishes except for the small kindle
Of the one in which I was your man:
And remember, dear, today is your birthday; but any day
And any time of the day is special, really,
As long as there are blue birds and allegory;
And you are sunbathing in the little yard with your
Mother and daughter,
And I am just a good man
Hoping that you didn’t
Forget to wish
And watching you through the blinds instead of the monolithic
Airplanes going by so far above my head.

Comments about The Monolithic Airplanes So Far Above My Head by Robert Rorabeck

  • Brian Jani (5/16/2014 4:56:00 PM)

    Nice poem as usual. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 28, 2010

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