The Emperor

Matthew Rohrer

 
She sends me a text
she's coming home
the train emerges
from underground
I light the fire under
the pot, I pour her
a glass of wine
I fold a napkin under
a little fork
the wind blows the rain
into the windows
the emperor himself
is not this happy
 
Copyright © 2010 by Matthew Rohrer. Used with permission of the author.

Poems by This Author

After Catullus by Matthew Rohrer
If you, Tom, could see this inflight video map
Credo by Matthew Rohrer
I believe there is something else
Epithalamium by Matthew Rohrer
In the middle garden is the secret wedding
Garden of Bees by Matthew Rohrer
The narcissus grows past
Jangling by Matthew Rohrer and Joshua Beckman
Money cannot find me
Monkeys by Matthew Rohrer and Joshua Beckman
In another jungle the monkeys fret
Moss Retains Moisture by Matthew Rohrer and Joshua Beckman
Pavilion of Leaves by Matthew Rohrer
Central Park in a
Poem by Matthew Rohrer
You called, you’re on the train, on Sunday
Ski Lift to Death! by Matthew Rohrer
It was a basement with its own basement,
venus waning/apollo waxing his car by Matthew Rohrer
Then there was the night I decided that if I ignored everyone
will the red hand throw me? by Matthew Rohrer
Though our radiator is painted the color of the walls


Further Reading

Contemporary Love Poems
A Tyrant Seeks Conclusion in the Known Self
by Emily Kendal Frey
corydon & alexis, redux
by D. A. Powell
Credo
by Matthew Rohrer
Epithalamium
by Matthew Rohrer
Fons
by Pura López-Colomé
Footprint on Your Heart
by Gary Lenhart
Happy first anniversary (in anticipation of your thirty ninth)
by Bob Hicok
Hey You
by Adrian Blevins
Holding Pattern
by Timothy Liu
Hotel Berlin
by Cynthia Cruz
I Want the Certainty of Love in Another Language
by Christie Ann Reynolds
If You Must Hide Yourself From Love
by Christopher Salerno
It Was Raining In Delft
by Peter Gizzi
Long Distance II
by Tony Harrison
Love Poem
by Graham Foust
Marriage: A Daybook
by Nicole Cooley
My Heart
by Kim Addonizio
Rime Riche
by Monica Ferrell
San Antonio
by Naomi Shihab Nye
syntax
by Maureen N. McLane
The Ear is an Organ Made for Love
by E. Ethelbert Miller
The Ecstasy
by Phillip Lopate
The Embrace
by Mark Doty
The Kiss
by Stephen Dunn
The Long Deployment
by Jehanne Dubrow
The Love-Hat Relationship
by Aaron Belz
The Meaning of Zero: A Love Poem
by Amy Uyematsu
To Dorothy
by Marvin Bell
When a Woman Loves a Man
by David Lehman
When Someone Says I Love You the Whole
by Karyna McGlynn