Nude Male with Echo #223
Darren Demaree
If I had shoulders of fog
how clear the sun would be
when I found how to love
horizontally, the creek bed
& the gentle teeth of the animals
that tended to me there.
I would be as small as possible,
casting no shadow, pushing
no personal narratives
into the water or into the sky
& I could live like that
forever. I should have
learned that before
I was trained to never leave
the balls of my feet;
for that, I cannot forgive
the words my father chose.
Darren C. Demaree 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.  Currently, he is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

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