Darren Demaree

with clean hunting boots

i don’t hunt
but my best
friend loves guns

& it was
a nice gift
these green boots

so after
the dripping
sky relents

i drag them
through puddles
to thank him

with complications

rock-true push
across all

ridges i
have been taught
to ignore

the tides to 
love drowning
as much as

i love shells
held in palms
sing silt sing

Darren C. Demaree is the author of fourteen poetry collections, most recently Unfinished Murder Ballads (October 2020, Backlash Press). He is the recipient of the 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 Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.  He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.