EMILY AS RHUBARB

I know where to get the strawberries.
This is why we’ve been married for ten years.
I have a favorite pie

& I am trying all the time
to make it.  It’s a crushing-
ly complicated world most of the time

& then there is homemade crust
which is mostly butter
& the whole landscape comes together.

**

EMILY AS IT WASN’T A TRICK

I wanted to impress Emily
& so I did a very simple magic trick
that I didn’t know how to execute

well enough, so I stuck a dime
in my ear & she laughed
& she smiled a great deal

the rest of the day, because I had
done something juvenile just for her
& she never figured out why

I couldn’t hear her say she was
pregnant for the third time
& all of it, all of it, was worth it.

**

EMILY AS I JUST WANTED TO GET THERE

I am the worst
parts of a man
sometimes.

***

Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing).  His seventh collection Two Towns Over was recently selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and is due out March 2018.  He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.  He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.