Monday, May 7, 2012

Robert Demaree- Three Poems


Lingering melodies,
Bach, Gounod, Schubert,
Ora pro nobis;
Madonnas (no, not her)
With a crazed, burnished
Renaissance beauty,
Added on later.
My favorite, little known,
Now in museum storage,
Title and artist forgotten,
A teenaged girl from Nazareth,
Cheeks a dusty pink,
Who has just learned
She’s going to have a baby.


Have you ever looked for people
On the Internet,
Old girl friends,
Acquaintances with whom
You had a falling out,
And finding them,
Started a letter
That you did not mail?


The midnight sky is clear
And you can see across the lake.
On the far shore a single light
Shines in the woods:
Who else is up to see his cottage
Washed in the cool glow
Of a silver-white moon?
In time the moon sets,
And the house is all but dark,
Except for the night light
In the room where
Our grandchildren sleep
And the green and amber
Blinking of the modem
On the floor.

Night Lights appeared in The Aurorean, Spring 2010

Robert Demaree is the author of four collections of poems, including Fathers and Teachers (2007) and Mileposts (2009), both published by Beech River Books. The winner of the 2007 Conway, N.H., Library Poetry Award, he is a retired school administrator with ties to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire in the eastern U.S. He has had over 550 poems published or accepted by 125 periodicals in the U.S., Canada and U.K., including Cold Mountain Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Miller’s Pond, MediaVirus, Bolts of Silk, Louisville Review and Paris/Atlantic, and in four anthologies including the 2008 and 2010 editions of Poet’s Guide to New Hampshire and Celebrating Poets over 70.. For further information see 

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