Sides

You have one.
So does he.
All it means
is that a line’s been drawn
and crossed
and this, it seems,
is how you learn about
division
just  after you mastered
multiplication
of all those things
you decided you didn’t like
or couldn’t stand
or didn’t have the endurance
to survive.
But before you ignite
the flimsy bridge
that stretches loosely now
between your hearts
you contemplate
the damage
if you dial a certain number
on your phone.
He has one too—
an equal and opposite number,
which would be
answered eagerly
with calm compassion
and an offer to do anything at all.
You dial.
You go.
You know this fix won’t last,
and you don’t want it to.

 

DeMaris Gaunt
3-29-15

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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