Deepening Light

Three poems
by Darren C. Demaree
 
THE CHILDREN AT THE WEDDING #22
 
The gold is between the ground
& the high-glass. I put Isabelle
on my shoulders. I put Thomas
 
on her shoulders. Thomas
said he could taste where the light
deepened. Isabelle didn’t understand
 
& neither did I. We had to chase
the next good dance track back
where the party was, but for one
 
moment one of us was able to swim
& the others were able to sacrifice.
There are times when we are fantastic
 
& they are always when I am able to hold
both of my children above my head,
they are times when I work hard
 
in the presence of a beauty I don’t see.
 
THE CHILDREN AT THE WEDDING #23
 
I am unspeakable,
as in there are events
when nobody
 
can speak about me
& they only see
when my hands
 
have reached
below my knees,
when my hands
 
are palm-open
& honeyed
& shepherding
 
these children
around the kingdom
of that night.
 
These are the best
nights of my life.
I am nobody
 
& yet, I am whole.
I am nothing
& yet, their world
 
couldn’t exist
without me. I say
only their names
 
& the echo
of their names
& I celebrate that.
 
THE CHILDREN AT THE WEDDING #24
 
Tie off. Vest off.
Shoes off. Sleeves
rolled up. Even
 
a three-year-old
boy knows how he
should look
 
by the time
the party goes mad.
He just kept
 
spinning. He
went dynamo
with the routine.
 
—————–
Darren C. Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review.
 
He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “The Nineteen Steps Between Us” (2016, After the Pause). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.
 
He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2015), and Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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