local_library A Small Life

by Darren Demaree

Published in Issue No. 193 ~ June, 2013

Let us accept forever

the limitations, the frightened

goodness of the single room


souls, their rice pot spiced

with the only spice they trust,

the novel of repeated action,


more disease than denouement,

but what harm comes

from a home done most ways


the same? The spectacle

is outside, rolling in the dirt

of spectacle. It’s sad


& beautiful that some

see only the gleam

of their own righteous hands,


but how would you keep them?

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Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of "As We Refer To Our Bodies" (2013) and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2014), both are forthcoming from 8th House Publishing. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.