Last Week of June

Artwork by Mona Adisa Brooks
Artwork by Mona Adisa Brooks

Robert H. Demaree Jr.


Yellow pollen no longer lies thick

Upon the surface of the pond

But lingers suspended like Kool-Aid;

Tiny cones falling, their seed spilled,

No need to stain the deck until they stop.

Thermometer dangles in the water,

Says 71 this morning.

Here is what it means:

Not long until the Congregational Church

Swells with harmonies of pride

(Patriot dream, beyond the years),

Not long until our grandson

Bursts the silence of a July morning

With a cannonball off the end of the dock.



Robert H. Demaree Jr. is the author of four collections of poems, including Fathers and Teachers, and Mileposts, both published by Beech River Books. He was born in Pennsylvania and has family ties to New Hampshire, where he lives five months of the year. The winner of the 2007 Conway, N.H., Library Poetry Award, he has poems published or accepted by 130 periodicals, including The Aurorean, Louisville Review, Miller’s Pond, and the Poet’s Guide to New Hampshire anthology.

Mona Adisa Brooks works with porcelain, wood, fabric, candor and her muse, and tries to illustrate our humanness in her work. A professional studio artist of more than 40 years, she created “THE ART SOURCE,” teaching career self-assessment, planning and goal setting, and portfolio development for students of all ages. She is the owner of Trumpet, a fine art gallery in Peterborough, New Hampshire. View more of her work at