Tuesday, 23 March 2010

False Spring by Robert Demaree

Flowering fruit trees, cherries and pears,
After a false spring and late March frost:
Blossoms a dingy pink and white
Against a cold sky the color of dishwater
And woods still gray with winter.
I pass an abandoned convenience store,
With plywood windows like bandaged eyes,
Its solitary pump a sentinel
By the side of the road,
A sign, among many, of things,
Like some people’s marriages,
Which had offered promise
But didn’t work out.

Robert Demaree, NH, USA


Crafty Green Poet said...

Robert Demaree is the author of three collections of poems, including Fathers and Teachers, published April 2007 by Beech River Books. His second book-length collection, Mile Markers, will be published later in 2009. The winner of the 2007 Conway, N.H., Library Poetry Award, he is a retired school administrator with ties to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. He has had over 375 poems published or accepted by 100 periodicals. For further information see http://www.demareepoetry.blogspot.com

Enchanted Oak said...

This was a powerful poem, and so deeply sad.