Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Emily as Across the River

by Darren C. Demaree

I have been wrong
about what a wound is.
I thought the river
was a palm splitting.
I thought Emily was gone.
I forgot that the river
came before me
& that I could swim
& that she would wait.

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, Ohio with his wife and children.