To My Parents

To My Parents

Like me

you like to be moved by words.


The voice of someone else

carrying you across the surface

of your life

pulling you out of focus

away from the mirror

pushing you past the single page

of accomplishments

you cannot seem to fill.



have wondered, like me

if anyone


has ever been moved by you.

Maybe toward pity, you think,

Or toward gratitude perhaps

for becoming something more

than what you see when you float

back to the mirror.

You always float back to the mirror.



has never belonged to us.

Nor have our words for it

ever arranged themselves

into art

and for this

you are sorry.


This is why you’d choose forgiveness

over love

if it were up to you.

But it isn’t.



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 “To My Parents

  1. This makes me wonder how you hear your muse and who you believe s/he is? An inner (divine) voice? Part of the creative side of your brain? An expression of your soul?

    Whatever the case, I can appreciate the desire to be forgiven when words I’ve shared have been used for harm.


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