darren demaree

Donut Friday #14

I counted ninety-four ampersands
& those little emperors of the day

kept me from refusing to choose.
I always start with coffee because

coffee is an ampersand as well.
Next, I say the names of donuts

until the workers look tired.
We don’t eat all of the donuts,

but we order until it feels
like we need to catch our breath.

The rest of the day, we are
caked in a glowing, limitless aura.

darren demaree

Donut Friday #15

Last year, we spent four hundred
& sixty-two dollars on donuts.
We had refinanced the house

at a lower rate, so we saved close
to that amount. I am among
the best of all of the adults.


As of 2016: Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, OH with his wife and children.

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