Reminder

When you’re a child

you expect that everything you need

will be provided,

which proves to be mostly true.

 

When you’re young – in love,

you expect that you will receive

the same things you give,

which is also mostly true.

 

When you’re racing from youth

to middle age

you must constantly remind yourself

that what you will receive

 

isn’t always wanted or deserved or fair

and that the first half of your life

hasn’t sufficiently prepped you for this

error of understanding

 

which will require you to spend

a good part of the rest  of your life

in puzzled amazement at your

infantile naiveté.

 

 

DeMaris Gaunt

9-25-14

 

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 “Reminder

  1. I really hope this doesn’t happen to me, but I fear it will. I hope to reclaim the innocence of my youth as I grow older, and delight in the days I’m given.

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