Robert Rorabeck

Bronze Star - 2,193 Points (04/10/1978 / Berrien Springs)

The Unobtainable Heavens - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

If you are alone and
I cannot hear you—will you destroy my sandcastle
Forever while stepping outside—
Another step misconstrued across a nameless park
To the earshot and corn husks of
Lets make a goddess for their love: goddess of corn
And masks,
As the school day grows longer and longer
And keeps on counting the hours
Until it can be released: prisoner in the shadows—
In the hedgerows of the trailer parks—
In the hibiscus at the wild edge of Disney World -
And so much thunder and lightning
And words for little boys to get excited and masturbate—
And then the shadows revealed themselves:
Donning themselves naked and marking—
Each holding a dozen roses over the graveyards—
Like masks of superheroes taken of—
Like the nude pinups in the middle of the day of
Shopping malls—
All of the voluptuous angels sing and then cannot
Remember the last words that were leapt out
In a desperate attempt to capture the
Unobtainable heavens.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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