A Comparative Theory of Relativity

A Comparative Theory of Relativity

For some,

sadness is a birthday cake

with red icing instead of blue

or a gift that wasn’t on the list.


For others,

it’s the lack of affection from a father,

without the excuse of a war.


It might be the lost job

or the failure to find one.


For anyone,

it’s the shock of an illness, a death

or the numb ache of infidelity.


It’s always the extra weight

you can’t will yourself to lose

or the pesky addiction

that shakes you like a piggy bank.


In a different landscape,

it’s the constant worry a splash of acid

might be your punishment

for walking unaccompanied

by a male relative in the streets of your own city.


In a different universe,

it’s a captivity so dehumanizing

it involves naked strangers

and the absence of light.


For me,

sadness is the guilt I feel

for feeling sad

when everything is mostly okay

compared to what isn’t,


and what isn’t

doesn’t hold a candle

to the darkness

that exists in other lives

I’ll never walk into

or through.



DeMaris Gaunt



Published by demarisgaunt

I currently live in Greenwood, Indiana. I love to listen to music, books on CD, podcasts or NPR as I work in my studio.  My favorite artists are Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. I love poetry, but only the good stuff that isn’t so abstract I can’t understand it. Abstraction better lends itself to visual art, I think. Stephen Dunn is my favorite poet. He’s said just about anything that can be said about the inner workings of the heart and mind. My favorite novel is Atonement by Ian McEwan. My all time favorite band is The Cure. I love science, and anything that relates to how the mind works. I don’t believe in the supernatural. If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be Richard Dawkins or Steven Pinker. If you don’t buy my art or read my poetry, buy one of their books. It will enrich if not change your life.  My favorite things to do are hiking, kayaking and camping. My favorite food is so common, I’ll keep you in suspense (It starts with a P). I prefer chocolate to vanilla. Green is my favorite color. I have an aversion to planning or scheduling of any kind, and I live for spontaneous adventures! Telephone conversations make me anxious, and I avoid them at almost all cost. I had a happy childhood. I’m having a pretty fantastic adulthood. I have every intention of seeing my 100th birthday, after which I will happily relinquish my guts to the future of medicine. Cheers! ~DeMaris

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