ADORATIONs No. 172 & 174 by Darren C. Demaree

172     for the server at the Blue Danube
Dim warmth, it takes
comfort food thrown
at your table

& five stories
told for each half
of your sandwich

to lift the day
from the hard cliff,
the steep edges.
174     for the librarian in the cat socks at Whetstone
There are some days when even in
good light, the devourer weighs
against our chests, we move slowly

with a feeling of sick or dark
tidings. The kids feel it before
I do. They move quietly be-

side me as we exit, then we
enter. There! Bright blue feline tails
wrapping up legs, such good silly.

Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of As We Refer to Our Bodies (2013), and Not For Art Nor Prayer (2014), from 8th House Publishing. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. As We Refer to Our Bodies is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.