Two Poems by Darren C. Demaree

[the very very blue]

i told my son the very very blue is a day with a want so great it removes the pleasure of accomplishing the task of getting dressed without falling down and getting dressed without falling down is the first goal of all people but when you see that sky is even more so there is a clamp that opens your heart and keeps it open until your attempt to flood the scene comes to fruition it’s amazing i told him how often men drown when they decide they can swim in any body of water that will take them they never stop to realize it’s their body that will deepen the pool to an untenable depth


[a lighthouse is]

i told my daughter a lighthouse is a beacon that rotates to penetrate the fog in all directions and if there are ships that actually want to find us they will but i don’t know who owns the lighthouses who runs the lighthouses who might want to see a ship or two spill cargo into our shallow harbors for all i know there are lighthouses filled with rifles and explosives i am this close to rooting for more fog and no light


Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently “Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly” (2016, 8th House Publishing). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.