Darren Demaree

Emily as Arbitrary Headwater


Combed out, unsayable,

the light that reaches me

now began from far away.


It’s warm.  Its energy

directs me to let everything

else go.  I had wanted


the power to overcome

the gradient.  What I

needed was a reason


to be loose with my lovely

position amongst the water

that was never mine anyway.


Emily as Trees Remain Trees


Limited ascension, Emily

is in bed because she is

Emily.  I had thought she was


other things as well.  That

was foolish.  The voice

you love cannot become


another voice.  The tree

you mow around will always

have roots that reach


for the same overwhelming

fullness.  Emily is in bed

because she is Emily.


Would I really want her

to be some other place?

Could I even find her again?


©2015 Darren Demaree


Darren C Demaree’s poems have appeared in numerous publications. He is the author of ‘As We Refer To Our Bodies’ (2013, 8th House), ‘Temporary Champions’ (2014, Main Street Rag), and ‘Not For Art Nor Prayer’ (2015, 8th House).  Darren is also the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. He currently lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.