three poems

by Darren C. Demaree

with an empathy so fatal #58

i just want
to hold
the waterline

to teach
my children
the waterline

because they
can swim
& they

can teach
others to swim
the drowning

has to be
a choice
or this

whole ocean
is just
a monster


with an empathy so fatal #59

my son applauds
the fireman
not because

he can stand
amidst the flames
without fear

but because
he climbs trees
to save cats


with an empathy so fatal #60

the obvious glory
is death

by simple acts
made by open hands
that touch lightly

i wish there
was more
gentle glory

Darren C. Demaree is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently “Two Towns Over”, which was selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press.  He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal.  He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.  He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

Artwork by: Dani “King” Heriyanto

Dani “King” Heriyanto is an artist from Indonesia. A graduate from the Indonesian Institute of Art, Dani has exhibited his work widely, most recently at the Singapore ArtStage and the Jakarta Art Bazart.

Instagram: @dani_king__heriyanto