When You Love Someone, And Also Someone Else

How sad it is that shame
can press the beauty out of love,
and what a pity when we are led away
by the guilt in our hands, as if we held
the tears of a disapproving father.

You mustn’t make that face
or shake your head,
or pretend you’ve no idea how it happens.
How many children can you love?
How many friends or pets or landscapes
fill equally the chambers of your heart?

No one dares to tell you how precious
the emptiness can be— that ache-filled longing
which reaches toward heaven
when something like love takes root in the
desert of years.

And even though our beds are full
of monogamy and babies and even joy,
our large hearts can nourish
with forbidden tenderness
an invented life which sometimes
is the reason for our smile.

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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