From Issue 20: Emily as a Moving Pocket of Blue

Darren Demaree

I have been the half
of a person I’ve needed
to be

to stay sober.
It is true that I am alone
all of the time,

even with Emily,
but I am alone in a way
that will bury me

with a small smile
on my face. I am still
with her. I watch

her small dances the same
way a guitar player
watches orchestras.

It doesn’t make
sense when I sing,
but I always do.

 

Darren C. Demaree is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently “Two Towns Over”, which was selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press.