In Their Time #1

A poem by Darren Demaree


The fear comes
in not knowing
exactly why
the adults are crying
in the air conditioning
& not knowing why

our bodies curl
from supine to fetal
in the re-positioning
on the couch.
That is the question
in the look

I get from my kids.
Belle can read
the screen
& she knows
how long it takes
her to count

to the height
of the numbers she sees.
Nightly, with the news
she tries to translate
the pictures, the words,
those numbers

& she doesn’t have
the language for that.
She’s six. She knows
what it means though,
when everyone is crying
at the same time.

Darren C. Demaree is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “The Nineteen Steps Between Us” (2016, After the Pause Press).  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.

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