Our children have given us a smart TV.
We love basketball in high definition
But have not tried Roku yet.
My Christmas bathrobe still hangs
In the front hall closet.
So why do you suppose that is?
More to it than the normal
Distrust of change.
Once you try something,
It is already behind you.
The flowering cherries have
Thought better of it—
But it is too late,
Their blossoms committed to a bad cause,
Dingy pink against a gray morning,
Balmy January afternoons
We will come to regret.
Robert Demaree is the author of four book-length collections of poems, including Other Ladders, published in June 2017 by Beech River Books. His poems received first place in competitions sponsored by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and the Burlington Writers Club, and have appeared in over 150 periodicals. A retired educator, he resides in Wolfeboro, N.H. and Burlington, N.C.