“heavy spring” by Darren C. Demaree

i ain’t the only inventive fucker here
that can close his eyes
& take the world

as a creature feasting on the tethers
between man
& good lord america is on fire

& it is okay if we let it burn
for a while if we let the smoke
& fog of early winter

act as cover for the violence
we must allow to sleep inside of us
until the bathtub water rises

to slosh against our gossip books
& release & release
& release us into the streets

again again again
i am afraid that i have lifted bodies
only to put the bodies back down

i guess we’ll know when the snow
melts when we unlock a window
when we pelt oranges

against the rich people’s sedans
& all they can do is take it
our first heavy spring

that has ever done anything at all
the first spring
where i refuse to just dream of

Darren C. Demaree is the author of fifteen poetry collections, most recently Burning It Down (8th House Publishing 2020).  He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal.  He is the editor-in-chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and the managing editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He currently lives in Columbus, OH with his wife and children.

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