Celestial Cafe

Celestial Café

It’s really too bad

there isn’t an afterlife

that is only temporary

where the recently dead

could meet in some celestial café

to share their death stories—

what theirs felt like,

and if they saw it coming.


Did it hurt?

would be a popular topic,

and there would be a reverence

in the air that had nothing

to do with the now abandoned gods

once worshiped.


Everyone would have a turn

to tell their truth

which would have been revealed

when the life they’d lived

flashed before their eyes

in just a few seconds,

and they could see they’d been holding on

to the wrong lifeline all that time,

and now, free from influence,

they can open their hands

to let it all go.




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 “Celestial Cafe

  1. Wow! We’ve been dreaming the same dream. Totally apart from Biblical testimony, I have this fear that the Last Judgement will be held in a movie theater where I am seating on a wooden bench (maybe even kneeling on rice). No smell of popcorn. No A/C. Only the burning glare on the screen of all the life I missed because I was too afraid to live.


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