Huckleberry Pie

by Darren Demaree

for Kelly Morse

Every berry
has an accent
if you give it

a chance
to speak.
Sugar can

drown almost
any identity,
but not

a huckleberry.
I’ve seen whole pies
propose marriage

to a County
Commissioner’s niece.
I like a dessert

that pays for dinner
& then stays
at the table

just long enough
to let the crust
crumble a bit.

 

Darren C. Demaree is the author of ten poetry collections, most recently Lady, You Shot Me, which was published by 8th House Publishing. He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

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