Gravity’s Twirling Reach

by Darren C. Demaree

There are days when fervent Emily
is bored of her own gravitas
& as I watch her twirl above me,

paying attention only to her
own height, I am reminded
that gravity always wins. Not today

she tells me, as she strips down
to only her ego, which keeps her
warm enough to pirouette in the nude

& warm enough to spread to reach
the ceiling with one finger raised.
As I look, I can see inside of Emily

& I wonder out loud to her if this
is the kind of story that ends with
new understanding. She says it isn’t.


Darren C. Demaree is the author of “As We Refer to Our Bodies” (8th House, 2013), “Temporary Champions” (Main Street Rag, 2014), “The Pony Governor” (2015, After the Pause Press), and “Not For Art Nor Prayer” (8th House, 2015). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.


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I am a dreamer, as well as a doer, who lives in the North Georgia mountains. I started my publishing journey August of 2013, have had moderate success, but my utmost passion is my "daytime" job, which is working with adults who are constantly striving to better their lives as they obtain the GED credential.

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