Emily as Short Notice / Emily as Bright Red in a Storm / Emily as the Grove Narrows - Darren C. Demaree

Emily as Short Notice

I had never been a hawk.

I had never thought

about becoming a hawk.


When I tasted fish, it was

seasoned fish, that 

had spent time on a grill.


Emily told me that 

I was a hawk.  I flew here,

to this poem, I swear.


This poem flaps with her

energy, like a fish

removed from fresh water.


I am going to taste this poem

& tear at this poem

& display the innards


of this poem

because Emily told me

that I am now a hawk.


You all should know that

the next time we meet I will

be flying because of Emily.

Emily as Bright Red in a Storm

I had to be taught women

were action heroes

by the action of my own hero


& when the chaos continued

& I continued

& Emily made sure


that the rest of the world

continued, I knew 

I had new a color to worship.

Emily as the Grove Narrows

I found myself 

amidst the fruit

& I was arrowed


to Emily

amidst the fruit

& I don’t know


who to thank

for planting this

world this way.



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About the Author

DARREN C. DEMAREE's poems have appeared in numerous magazines/journals, including The South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram,and The Colorado Review.

He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently "Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly" (2016, 8th House Publishing). He is also the managing editor of the Best of the Net Anthologyand Ovenbird Poetry.

Darren currently lives and writes in Columbus, OH with his wife and children.

Website: http://www.darrencdemaree.com