Poetry: “They Were Garnet” by Darren C. Demaree

They Were Garnet

Embolism in the shower,
her eyes folded into the tile
and I was left with one kiss.

We planned to date
on her return to Wooster,
but by Fall she was a scholarship

and a photo there. I went
to my writing classes
and counted how many girls

wore men’s dress shirts
with two buttons undone.
There was one more,

and I slept with her for a while,
but her eyes were only brown,
the tile remained garnet.

Darren C. Demaree is living and writing 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), both are forthcoming from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.