It floats above the masses
like a cloud that never turns gray
and gets the first and brightest light
before the tight rays diffuse
and settle without promise
on the more grounded aspects
of creation.

If it means anything,
it means any destination is yours
without purchasing a ticket.

Most are refused entry into its territory,
small and discriminate,
where there is no place for visitors
to touch down and experience it for a day—
just the crystal clear glass window
through which to peek into the clean
and uncontaminated factory.

Try not to confuse it
with home ownership and literacy.
I know it looks similar to a long bath
at two in the afternoon,
and a suntan from a Carnival cruise,
but those things are worked for.  Earned.

The invitation isn’t mine to extend
to anyone but my children—
who may or may not be born
with talent or brains—
but the correct skin tone is theirs.  For free.

And from my highest altitude
it doesn’t appear that any amount
of free will can redirect the favor
of the sun.


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 “Privilege

  1. You hit on the philosophical conundrum of free will. We make choices, but only within the confines of Creation/nature. Some consider this and shrug their shoulders. Others pray and act. Do what we can to right wrongs. Ultimately, even that is a pittance on the scale of justice.


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