Friday, March 21, 2014

Robert Demaree- Senryu Sequence

Senryu Sequence

The Good Life

Modem light blinking:
Second cup of strong coffee:
Retirement morning.


Retirement home dusk:
A bicycle built for two,
Rear seat riderless.


At Golden Meadows,
The end-of-life class cancelled
For lack of interest.


The old form quick bonds,
Fast friendships at Golden Pines:
Short-term investment.

Seniors Decorate for Christmas

Putting up the lights:
Cedar trees getting taller,
But we are shrinking.

Estate Sale

Nursing home tag sale:
Death, feebleness walk the aisles:
Luggage, old golf clubs.

Older Drivers

Buicks ten years old
Blue-haired ladies peering out
Over steering wheels.

Water Event

At the swimming pool
No seniors in the water
Pool watcher asleep.


Try telling poets
No more poems about death:
They’re out of business.

Robert Demaree is the author of two book-length collections of poems, including Mileposts, October 2009, published by Beech River Books, and a chapbook, Things He Thought He Already Knew, published online in 2007 by Slow Trains.  A third book-length collection will be published in late spring 2014. The winner of the 2013 Burlington Writers Club Poetry Award, 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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