Robert Rorabeck

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

The Reasons For Your Name - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

Crooked jewel in the armpit of school-
I slept underneath an overpass
During math-
And thoughts of you came, flooded with
Reason and ennui-
It meant nothing to society-
The tortoise yawned but didn’t know what
To say-
And the rattlesnake danced, and said it
Was her art-
Airplanes flooded across the canal-
Like paper snowflakes-
And I pretended to die for my grandmother,
While telling myself perpetually that
My lips would never again
Have to taste the reasons for your name.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 11, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, December 12, 2011

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