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True Beauty - Poem by Robert Rorabeck

True beauty eludes me after I saw her
Out in the student park lot taking his cigarette
To lips, contemplative and sharing,
But just tasting the rolled tobacco
Eyes having never seen Bell Glade,
Not inhaling
All the brown sugar cane workers migration
In egg-shell blue busses past the last zoo to the
West,
Never seen how they congregate and baptize
Down the cocklebur easement of that coagulated
Alligator tank with creepy lilies turning,
Eat ham and sour eggs on red clay,
Imparting bare-chested and naked-lipped
Drippy watermelon
Voodoo and fumy rum witchcraft approaching midnight;
Divvy up the moon as they meander to the dusky track,
Tarnished and yet forensic.
Could not see her before she took off with
The quarterback in a full dollar swoon
Blindly guided to his home turf in the gloomy afternoon
Of our suburbia, took off like the last wave cresting:
Her virginal notch now like a cinder stoked in a horn.
I suppose I should have followed her,
Began that tramp, thrown my books of algebra and
Easy logic to the dogs and skunks,
Cavorted to a private war through the splicing
Shade of tight green palmettos like knives in a drawer,
Could have crawled up to the steamy window to
The pitter-patter of mostly affluent rain,
Been a onomatopoeia voyeur
Could have laid there smelling chlorine as the pool was
Rippling, as the earth was swelling;
Rains fell cleaning
And maybe I howled believing the moon was full and rehearsing
Behind the cultish clouds like apoplectic satin:
Back in Plato’s cave, having microwaved,
Alone in front of the television, masturbated on a green
Carpet of my derision, rhyming like a snail poking
Its head out of the curling salmon shell,
And then shrinking back in again:
Poor old man-
I cut paper and made airplanes and sold them over my
Head to the ceiling gods, the little dusty gods who can’t
Even spell- Pretended she was on them serving
Drinks to horizontal windmills
While over my shoulder to the west with the day labor witches,
The sugarcane goes burning, fuming in an intoxicating swell.
Then in so foreign a place that it comes from the
Opposition direction, like in a sad movie
They are interlocking bodies and fists, knuckles popping,
Silhouettes enthralled
While greedily over the canal, ululating, the sugarcane,
Roaring burns as brightly as a thundershower,
obscuring what I know must be real:
How she loves in turns,
Things she’s been told to love, and those which
Are now just occurring,
Like grey lips on the television I cannot hear
But yet are moving.


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Poems About Television

  1. 151. True Beauty , Robert Rorabeck
  2. 152. Metronomes And Moore's Law , gershon hepner
  3. 153. Uncaring Attitudes , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. 154. Airing On Interior Screens , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. 155. Teddy And Oliver Talk It Over On The Bus , Donal Mahoney
  6. 156. Haiku 5 , john chizoba vincent
  7. 157. Watch Me Sleep, Will You? , Windsor Guadalupe Jr
  8. 158. Alternating Time-Scales , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  9. 159. Housewife Reality Shows , Luke Easter
  10. 160. Morse , Randy Johnson
  11. 161. Friday Night Lights (A Tribute To David .. , Luke Easter
  12. 162. Dog Songs , Frank Avon
  13. 163. Sink Hole , Laurence Overmire
  14. 164. Yesterday You Read Book , Gert Strydom
  15. 165. I Would Go Up To Jerusalem , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  16. 166. Soul Is A Current , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  17. 167. Living In Fallacy , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  18. 168. Pandora's Box Unlocks , Jonathan ROBIN
  19. 169. Zz Mike Nichols Dead At 83 , Saiom Shriver
  20. 170. Cowper , Edward Kofi Louis
  21. 171. Live Band Wanted , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  22. 172. Winter Visions , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  23. 173. The Calls Of A Sunny Winter , Robert Rorabeck
  24. 174. Zoe Reno Is Not A Car? , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  25. 175. Enfants De Étoile , Aldo Kraas
  26. 176. All The Memories I Will Keep Alive , Aldo Kraas
  27. 177. Message In A Bottle , Laurence Overmire
  28. 178. Prayer To A Pillar Of Fire , Bill Grace
  29. 179. Socks , Randy Johnson
  30. 180. News Of A Boy , Naveed Akram
  31. 181. Superficial Dna , Ted Sheridan
  32. 182. First Encounter - Leslie Cheung , john tiong chunghoo
  33. 183. That Mother In Law's Last Read Will-Oh W.. , Michael Gale
  34. 184. So This Is What Has Become Of Us. , Not Long Left
  35. 185. Projective Observation At Frequented Res.. , Bill Grace
  36. 186. Sea World 4th Of July* , Bill Grace
  37. 187. Respect , Randy Johnson
  38. 188. Cat Rescue , Edith Oram
  39. 189. Television Is Not Your Friend (Television) , R.K. Cowles
  40. 190. Television , Gary Diamond
  41. 191. Why Do I Watch? , Benson Muthoka
  42. 192. Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party , Ursula De La Mer
  43. 193. Ancient Mythologies And Verses Holy , Md. Asadullah
  44. 194. Between , Ballerina With Fins
  45. 195. Full Moon , Charles Lara
  46. 196. I Started Watching Television Again , Denis Kucharski
  47. 197. In The Mood , Marilyn Shepperson
  48. 198. Time , zip zip
  49. 199. Zeroes And Ones , Sam Fitts
  50. 200. ~let’s Help Africa~ , Sita Madu Wynn
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