Three Poems by Darren C. Demaree

A Night So Beautiful We Burned Down the Senator’s House #16

Clouds at night, we saw the horses
before we saw the moon
& though that healed nothing

we all felt better while we watched
them breathe amidst the descending
cold.  We pulled the call over

& got the gin out of the liquor box.
We hopped the fence poorly.
We thought about praying.

 

A Night So Beautiful We Burned Down the Senator’s House #17

All fist
& no fingers,
we talked

about eating
the stars
off of our knuckles

& each horse
seemed to under-
stand exactly

what we meant.
We gave
she horses

some gin.
We took turns
singing

the songs
we wished
had been

our prom themes.
I felt the Rooster
on my chest

wake up.
I embraced
the profanity.

 

A Night So Beautiful We Burned Down the Senator’s House #18

The desire to be the horse
next to us would not end.
They were drunk, the horses

& we were drunk
with the horses.  We were
of the horses then, we could

not stay with the horses long,
because somebody mentioned
the moon, somebody

remembered the Senator,
somebody frightened the drunk
horses with his name.


Darren C. Demaree is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Two Towns Over (March 2018), which was selected as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award by Trio House Press. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. His poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Hotel Amerika, Diode, North American Review, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review.