The Barn Without Color

We all wanted to know
what we would find
in a dilapidated barn

that had lost all red
& all symbol, that had
wood that didn’t reach

the ground.  All we
found was each other
& enough straw

to sit down for a while.
Our car was broken
down & while we sang

songs waiting
for the tow, more birds
showed up than left

& that is our Ohio.



About the Author: Darren C. Demaree is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “The Nineteen Steps Between Us” (2016, After the Pause Press). 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.