No Sympathy

So much sympathy
for so many things.
We mourn the victims
of the earthquake
who are silent now,
and we condemn
this same nature
that created us—
the same nature that created
the volcano, the winds—
the fearsome tides that swell
like the anger of gods.
But still,
there is no sympathy
for beauty—
for the damage it can cause.
No pity for the beautiful,
who are victims of cravings
they never meant to induce.
And just as the earth cannot
deny the timing of its fits,
neither can the heart refuse
its violent longing
to pull up roots and
upset another patch of soil.

 

DeMaris Gaunt
4-29-15

 

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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