By Darren C. Demaree
bone requires bone #31
we’ve lost the blessing to pearl amidst the marrow
bone requires bone #32
the sound of our bodies being turned into drums and moved across a river without ceremony has shaken us loose from all of the blessings we are expected to float while these hands push our mouths towards a cold shale that will never warm to our presence that only warm when the sun warms them and how will that happen with so many shadows so many shadows so many shadows crowding the riverbank
bone requires bone #33
i have tasted the end of forgiveness do not judge me for refusing to taste the beginning of it again
Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently ”Two Towns Over’ (March 2018), which was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press. Demaree is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry who is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.