'Poem'

Matthew Rohrer

Raised in Oklahoma and now residing in Brooklyn, New York, poet Matthew Rohrer "turns wide eyes and lyric wit toward the requirements of fatherhood, citizenship, and romantic love" in his new collection, Rise Up.

To mark National Poetry Month, NPR.org is featuring a series of newly published works selected by the Academy of American Poets. Learn more about this and other titles at the academy's New Spring Books list.

Poem

Matthew Rohrer

 

You called, you're on the train, on Sunday,

I have just taken a shower and await

you. Clouds are slipping in off the ocean,

but the room is gently lit by the green

shirt you gave me. I have been practicing

a new way to say hello and it is fantastic.

You were so sad: goodbye. I was so sad.

All the shops were closed but the sky

was high and blue. I tried to walk it off

but I must have walked in the wrong direction.

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