Short Story

Fair has nothing to do with it—
If you want to know why
I fell in love with him, or when,
I’d have to answer that it happened
without intention.  Slowly.
I promise it wasn’t your fault, or mine.
It’s just that he was there each time
you weren’t.  When you didn’t kiss me
when we passed
in the narrow kitchen, he did.
When you weren’t interested
in my poems, he was.
Always, you left the lid up.  He didn’t.
You never wanted to go hiking,
so he met me in the woods.
Even in winter,
he didn’t mind the cold
or the snow or the steep hills.
His hands were warm
in my imagination, which is the only time
I allowed him to touch me—
so don’t be angry, my Love,
if you see him.  It isn’t his fault
for being part of my fiction:
this short story which must seem so unfair,
if I didn’t think you were as busy
writing your own.


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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