Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Robert Demaree- Three Poems


He would have willed
His brain to Science
Except for what they might find
Recorded, as if upon
A computer hard drive.
He had heard of people
Chopping them up,
Sacrifice of Knowledge.
Browsing history, he saw,
Could be erased.
Memory might be like that,
Vanished with a single click.
But he rather thought
It was always somewhere
Deep inside
And someone knew how to find it.

August 24, 2011

I wrote a haiku
And put it out
For her to find that day:
August twenty-fourth:
Wedding anniversary
Forty-eight good years.
I worried about not saying
Great, or wonderful,
Both of which were true.
But great rhymes and
Wonderful doesn’t scan.
I meant good the way
The Army speaks of good years,
Or Social Security:
Years that count,
That count for something.
In any case,
They are the years that
We have had,
So far.


Things that have not changed:
Cheerful earnestness,
Cell phones turned on, BlackBerries.

Things that are new:
Faculty sign-out sheet,
Hazelnut syrup
By the coffee maker.

Robert Demaree, a retired educator, is the author of four collections of poems, including Mileposts (2009), published by Beech River Books. He has had over 550 poems published in 125 periodicals, including The Aurorean, Avocet, Cold Mountain Review, Dead Snakes, Foliate Oak, Louisiana Review, The Louisville Review, MediaVirus, miller’s pond, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal and in the 2008 and 2010 editions of The Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. He lives in Wolfeboro, N.H., and Burlington, N.C.

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