Emily as if It is Mercy

By on Apr 27, 2013 in Poetry

Flooded house, as sketch

          Bucket fair, as in as much
fairness as one bucket can hold, 

          the parts of me that slosh around
have been contained by Emily 

          & her strength of arm, her patience
above the well, to not dip or dump 

           the bucket in the returning dark,
is verse, is hymn, is mercy. 

            If she would only back away
from the narrowing liquid 

            that once took my meditations
on humanness and made them sick 

in our basement toilet, I could see
          her as savior and savior only.




Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and daughter. He has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and his first full manuscript, tentatively entitled As We Refer To Our Bodies, is forthcoming by 8th House Publishing House.