Words and Rules

I began to speak,
and heard myself say,
“there are no words”
before I went on
to describe the way
the clouds appeared to sit
on an invisible shelf
in the sky above Cape Cod
as if each of them
had their lower half sliced off
and the flat bottom
painted dark blue
to mirror the calm Atlantic.
But that wasn’t what
I meant or what I felt,
and it happened to not
be true, because there
were words to describe
the way the clouds appeared
in the sky above Cape Cod.
What I wanted to say—
what I meant to say—
what I couldn’t say
to my companions—
was that there are no words
to describe the way
I wanted to find you
under that sky:
Whole and real
and mirroring everything
I ever wanted to tell you.

DeMaris Gaunt
8-5-15

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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