Today's poem is by Matthew Rohrer


Music all day on the stereo. And the rain
in the streets, it's like I'm with friends.
It is hard not to pour a glass of wine in the morning.
I am raining. A red-tailed hawk settles
on an old antenna behind the house
and looks right into my eyes
while I'm on the phone with Ellen. Ellen
I say slowly, I'm sure you will succeed
in your endeavors. Those are
not the words I planned to say.
I was still awakening from a dream of the distant war.

Copyright © 2007 Matthew Rohrer All rights reserved
from Rise Up
Wave Books
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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