Because you can see
it is clear to you
how important it is
to watch where you’re going—

the curb, the sudden street
six inches below your next step.

And you wouldn’t have heard it
in time to duck—

that Frisbee whizzing toward your ear—

but your eyes, like magic,

absorb the necessary light and shadows,

the motion instructing you to step aside.
As you look ahead,
focused on the colorful horizon,
an image of your friend appears in your mind.
Yesterday, she just got the news.  Bad.

Not a hope in sight.

They’ll have to go, the doctor said.

both of them—

the two bright planets
dying like stars,
an explosion of cancer
before the permanence of dark.

Blind.  A life sentence.
Once, when your vocabulary was incomplete
it was only a word that followed love is….



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

One thought on “Blind

  1. As with so many of your works, I find myself reading them more than once. Not so much because I don’t understand them, but I want to understand them better. Your play with the language has purpose.


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