Proper Pairs

Proper Pairs

Most of the time

you see proper pairs

walking near each other on the streets

or at the art museum

or entering the movie theatre hand in hand—

their degree of beauty

in the ballpark of the other—

beauty seeking beauty

and homely seeking a compatible face.


How fascinating it is, on occasion,

to see the balance so tipped—

one so striking and the other striking out

in what must be, you guess,

their only deficiency.


The triumph is beneath the skin—

some transcendent pulse

beating out a code of distraction—

“look here,” it says,

coming from an illuminated place

close to the core

where everything is imagined anyway,

and in this language

it has convinced another heart

to become blind to everything

but love.



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 “Proper Pairs

  1. I was cackling at the first two stanzas. Springsteen’s lyric, “You ain’t a beauty, girl, but hey you’re right,” ran through my head.

    But as with so much of your poetry, you wind up with a celebration of love, which is the most beautiful thing of all.


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