The Back-Story

The Back-story

I only ever knew him

as lonely.  Old.

No wife, no children

to visit on the holidays.

 

If my ball rolled into his yard

he would smile kindly

from his usual position—

bent over the roses

with his pruning shears.

 

When he died,

the last of his family ties

came to settle the estate,

clear the house

of its contents.

 

I took my father’s hand

as he walked over

to offer his condolences

and the use of his truck.

 

I ended up inside the house

staring at a photo

more white than black,

and was told then

about the old man’s mistake

at the wheel,

 

the wife and child

six decades dead

still fading slowly

into that background

of colorless roses.

 

DeMaris Gaunt

10-4-12

 

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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