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Touch becomes hurried
when we are busy fighting
the nature of the gradient

of our time together.
We are two forces
almost aligned. We move

rocks one at a time.
We have never flooded
the landscape we intended

to, but we have worked
through the black dirt
to the crop in the field

many times. If given
the chance, we could find
a tide out of nothing.


Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing). He is the managing editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.  His poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and The Colorado Review. His website:

© 2017, Darren C. Demaree

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