Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: Matthew Rohrer

by lizard

This week’s poem is by Matthew Rohrer, from his collection titled Destroyer And Preserver (Wave Books, 2011). And if you want to know more about Wave Books, one of my favorite publishers of poetry, follow the link.

Enjoy!

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POEM FOR STARLINGS

When you try to make a joke
in a bank
it falls flat
there’s an armed guard
standing there
wearing sunglasses indoors
motionless
but no one laughs
in fact my intentions
are misunderstood
no, no, I am just
going to walk out
the door and come back in
to turn my coins
into paper money
$53
in the sunshine
I’m on my way
with my jacket
in my backpack
and the steel
grates over the pubs
early afternoon
my step as high
as the starlings
bickering in the sky
the birdsong
of the city
and the paper lifting off
the sidewalks
goodbye, I wish
the world were different.

—Matthew Rohrer

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