Exactly What Happened

Lighting is everything

and the time of day too


is important

and always partly to blame.


And the large room

full of people with drinks


in their nervous hands

must also be considered


as much as the reason

we were there,


which was art – bad

and under the scrutiny


of bright white light

and we knew each other


from the books we wrote

and we were there because


it was part of the event

which featured both our names


in the program.

And before the crowd thinned out


we found a balcony that hovered

effortlessly in the dark air


and felt the north exhaling

it’s cold breath


which prompted you

to step closer and inhale


my perfume

as you looked into me


for a moment without a word

and you didn’t even take my hand


which might have seemed strange

if we were both still young,


and instead, you swallowed hard

and silently lowered your chin


over my spinning head

and both of your arms were


tight and tender around me

as if you were apologizing


for something we both knew

couldn’t exist in this beautiful


and whispering dark.



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 “Exactly What Happened

  1. Beautifully done, DeMaris. I love the movement from the bright light of the exhibit which seems to be artificially staged like a performance to the passionate encounter on the balcony that I can smell, taste, hold.


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