Saturday, May 10, 2014

Robert Demaree- Three Poems


It should not surprise us,
Navel-gazing nation,
Heirs of Narcissus,
That you can use your telephone
To take a picture of yourself.
Not a new idea, better people have tried it:
Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens
Spread oil over canvas
Pursuing this dubious premise:
What I look like to myself
Should be of interest to you.
Autobiographers may be on firmer ground,
Motives clearer, at least,
But what would an autobiographical
Symphony sound like,
What poem is not a snapshot of self?


Walking in the woods:
What happens when a connection
Between brain and leg,
Whatever, besides vision,
Keeps you from walking
Into trees?

The dean emeritus
Of the School of Engineering
Smiles vacantly, pleasantly
In the memory care lounge
While Andy Griffith episodes
Roll on in black and white.
Should we feel any sadder for him
Than for the plumber
Wandering the halls,
Electronically connected
Into the security system,
Need some help,
Need some help.

Canada geese on the road;
Old Buick approaches.
They fly off:
Motion detector.

Robert Demaree is the author of three book-length collections of poems, including After Labor Day, published in April 2014 by Beech River Books.  In 2013 his poems received first place in competitions sponsored by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and the  Burlington Writers Club He is a retired school administrator with ties to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, where he lives four months of the year. He has had over 650 poems published or accepted by 150 periodicals. For further information see 

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