Emily as the Effect of the Goodbye Itself

Darren C. Demaree

You left flowers
& even though you had trimmed them
already, I angled my scissors
towards the marble slab
of the countertop
& clicked to something those cutters
until the beautiful lesson
became clear to me. Neither of us
needed to freshen the bouquet,
but we both wanted to
& that disregard for old, dry cells
is why you left to begin with
& why I kept cutting until there was
only the disrepair of the bloom.


Darren C. Demaree the author of “As We Refer To Our Bodies” (2013, 8th House), “Temporary Champions” (2014, Main Street Rag), “The Pony Governor” (2015, After the Pause Press), and “Not For Art Nor Prayer” (2015, 8th House).  Darren is also the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.

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