Darren C. Demaree

in defense of the goat that continues to wander towards the certain doom of the cliff #43

above the ocean in the ocean
on the way to meeting the ocean
we spend too much time considering
the rocks as our future of life
consequently we spend hamstrings
slowly we flex to fly almost never
& i know there is already mythology
fighting against creativity why why
believe in the group-level selection
when the origin considered nothing
but the singular existence no no
when we breathe in we breathe it all

Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently “a child walks in the dark”, (December 2021, Harbor Editions). He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal.