love from the past
can fully exist in the present—
in parallel to the book on the shelf
that has survived a number
of household liquidations
for the annual neighborhood
garage sale.

It was given to you years ago
as a reminder of a certain day—
its thin green spine
stands up straight,
pinned between
“Exploring Europe” and
“Majestic Island Worlds,”
content to be a splash
of your favorite color
in the paltry travel section
of your modest library.

But when you’re alone
you slide it out,
open it slowly across your lap
because it still makes you smile
and cry.

The pictures of “Gooseberry Falls”
and the trails covered with snow
remind you of the long white drive
up from Duluth
where you spent a few rented nights
pressed to a warmth
that is now a small glow
that lights your past—
part of the necessary melancholy that
makes your happiness


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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