Flat is the table between us,

we who have been neighbors for years,

who have spoken often

of recipes and the attitudes of our children

who play together in the other room.


It’s easy to eat together,

or complain about the lack of rain,

the yellow lawns,

the way the generous summer

pushes its heat so hard against the houses

on our street.


But many times

I’ve pointed out an astonishing sunset

before I’ve left the table to step outside, unjoined,

unconnected to whatever invisible anchor

could keep her in her chair,

which is only one of the reasons

we’ll never truly be friends.


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 “Surface

  1. I’ve noticed in your poetry thus far that there is a much more intimate connection between men and women than between those of the same gender. I can identify with this. I have very few male friends and many female. I wonder why this is?


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