Emily as Written by Amanda Shires

Darren C. Demaree

Mourning Doves
Photo Credit: Ken Slade

Intactness can be flight
& intactness is the opposite
of the blues, intactness

& you, Emily, that is more
cure than any ill-spirit that can
ever find me. If we are scathed

it can only be from each other.
If we are together, mudded,
scathed with wet earth

& still laughing? That is holy.
That is the sound of two voices
raised to be blessed by doves.


Darren C. Demaree‘s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Carolina Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Cottonwood, The Tribeca Poetry Review, and Whiskey Island. He is the author of As We Refer To Our Bodies (2013) and Not For Art Nor Prayer (2014), both are due out from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations. He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. Email: darrencdemaree[at]yahoo.com

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