Emily as I Prepare The Meal-Kit Pork Carnitas Bowl

By Darren C. Demaree


There is an owl

that visits the dying

tree that fell


onto our backyard

shed. It arrives

as a blessing


I assume. I see it

through the kitchen

window sometimes.


I’ve set off

the smoke alarm

while I watch it


in tears from jalapeno

& the crushing idea

that this world


is a burnt place now.

There are still tools

in that shed.


I don’t want to touch

metal anymore.

I’ve offered my eyes


to that owl,

but I’m to see all

of this


& to keep feeding

the children.

Freedom requires


many witnesses.



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