in defense of the goat that continues to wander towards the certain doom of the cliff #21

Darren C. Demaree

the neglect is all cavalry the horse
that loses the rider doesn’t attempt
to fly over the ocean the horse with
the weight of our intentions never
eats freely again becomes more
metaphor than horse this is the part
where the only clear idea to consider
is that freeing all of the horses might
redeem humanity but really it would
only lead to fewer horse’s carcasses
being filled by crabs if this finds you
mid-air on a horse dammit turn around



Darren C. Demaree is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently a child walks in the dark (Harbor Editions, December 2021). He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and the Managing Editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.