Robert Rorabeck

Bronze Star - 2,308 Points (04/10/1978 / Berrien Springs)

The Open Day - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

The heads of the reindeer were taking off into the sky:
The airplanes were taking off too;
Of their own accord and the truants were skipping away
From school,
Where all of the parks looked good, and kicked up their
And the homeless men were eating their uncanned eels
Underneath the telephone poles pinioned beneath
The skies-
Unwrapping the gifts of I don’t know why’s, while the
Housewives were in their
Houses, missing their children- doing the dishes:
And the backyards slipped down to the alligators grinning:
And somewhere around there, we were just in love
And kissing in the same tracks the buses used for returning-
Home to graveyards and their likeminded plots,
Past the pastures of forget me not:
And it took awhile- and it took days- losing myself into
Unsought pleasure,
Pressing myself to you underneath the weather;
And the birds cried hungry from hunting prey-
The sun sailed in the lighter elements levitating in the open day.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 9, 2010

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