Robert Demaree


Morning walk at Golden Pines:

Late February sky deep blue

Through trees for now still leafless

But about to change their minds.

A moving van packs up the contents of a cottage,

Fewer since her husband died,

And takes them to Assisted Living,

As if there were some other kind.

Across the pond, the hink and honk of geese,

Heading north, programmed to care for their own.

An ambulance pulls slowly away

From the Health Care Building ,

Siren, blue lights turned off.


Robert Demaree is a retired school administrator with ties to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.  The author of three collections of poems, including Fathers and Teachers, he has had over 300 poems published or accepted by 90 periodicals, including Aethlon, Cold Mountain Review, Louisville Review, Mobius, Paris/Atlantic and Schuylkill Valley Journal. For further information see