The Morning

Like a red plaid blanket, the days.
The family’s shoes spilling out
of where they belong. And down
the steps the streets have cars
for walls. Bright green parrots
who prefer the trees on 14th street
have escaped from somewhere
with nothing but their lives.
I dream I am the author
of their sacred book.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of 7 books of poems, most recently DESTROYER & PRESERVER, published by Wave Books. He lives in Brooklyn.