Childhood Stories

By Matthew Rohrer b. 1970 Matthew Rohrer
They learned to turn off the gravity in an auditorium
and we all rose into the air,
the same room where they demonstrated
pow-wows and prestidigitation.
 
But not everyone believed it.
That was the most important lesson
I learned—that a truck driven by a dog
could roll down a hill at dusk
and roll right off a dock into a lake
and sink, and if no one believes you
then what is the point
of telling them wonderful things?
 
I walked home from the pow-wow
on an early winter night in amazement:
they let me buy the toy tomahawk!
As soon as I got home I was going
to hit my sister with it, but I didn’t know this.

Matthew Rohrer, “Childhood Stories” from Satellite. Copyright © 2001 by Matthew Rohrer. Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: Satellite (Wave Books, 2001)

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Poet Matthew Rohrer b. 1970

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Youth, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Activities, School & Learning, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

Poetic Terms Free Verse