Nude Male with Echo #225
Darren Demaree
The starlight, un-kindly,
offered to teach me only
how to spit. I wanted

to breathe fire. I wanted
to be a source of light.
Now, it is only my adrenaline

that glows once it smacks, wet
& twisted against the barn
wall I’ve been given as home.
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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