Robert Rorabeck

Bronze Star - 2,196 Points (04/10/1978 / Berrien Springs)

Your All Too Happy Conquistador - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

If I want to slow and beautiful,
Wouldn’t it be like combing your hair under
The trick lights of a carnival-
I don’t know- I don’t know,
But even the cars are weeping
While the airplanes leap like gentle gentlemen
Through the air,
And I know your name, and who you’ve
Been with in the smoking jackets of awful weather;
And that is why I’ve had to climb so many
And even tonight I say your name to put
Pedro to sleep,
Because it is not beautiful where I live:
There are awful gang fights, and hungry mice
Who cannot speak,
But if I had you here then we could roller coaster
Across the crenulated space of chlorinated
That’s what we’re going to do, once you leave
Your life
And let me become your all too happy conquistador.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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