Solitary Confinement

All day, it seemed,

we made our way

toward each other, slowly,

the way a sensible child

approaches a stray dog,

unsure if it has a home



Small offerings of kindness

coaxed interest and trust

like when you offered me

the seat beside you

and I loaned you a pen

when you couldn’t find yours.


When dinner ended

and the conference dismissed

there was a scattering

of color and voices

carrying the relieved hum

of exhaustion.


And suddenly

we were unleashed—

skittish, and I couldn’t look at you

directly now that there

was no cage of itinerary

to keep us focused mostly

on our duty to the companies

that sent us here.


And as I walked down

the wide carpeted hallway

to my room,

the numbers on the doors

grew smaller—

and so did the reasons

I had for slowing down and

waiting for you to catch up.





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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