The Internal Affair

The Internal Affair


Their face need not be wholly beautiful.

An unexpected smile is enough

to ignite this startling daydream.


And because their body,

possibly flawed with imperfections,

is navigable only in your mind,


a new one can be created.

Surely yours, too, has been improved

without your knowing;


A scar removed, a bruise erased,

skin softened,

lifted and smoothed.


But before you close your eyes

and step away from your happy life

to imagine some parallel existence with this stranger,


some single detail must have drifted below the surface

of your stagnant waters

like a swallowed baited hook.


Just one mundane thing you have in common

is significant enough to push you up the stairs to your private attic

where you will stretch to reach your highest shelf


to remove a handful of unfulfilled wishes

which you will scatter like confetti

into one of your many vacant rooms.



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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