I’ve had a tendency
to begin sentences with
“There’s nothing worse than…”
and proceed to speak
about my troubles or my pain
without ever mentioning
that split second decision
to burn alive or jump
that some human beings
have had to make
while knowing that either choice
was going to be their last.
It’s the kind of lie that isn’t
meant to be dishonest or cruel,
but careless.  Inconsiderate.
Like saying, “I’ll just die…”
if we don’t make it to the
Burning Man festival this year.
When what I really mean
is that I forget sometimes
that there are better words
than others for how it feels to fall,
and I should be more careful
not to give the impression
that whenever I’ve hit bottom
my landing wasn’t
somewhat yielding
and comparatively soft.

DeMaris Gaunt

Sculpture in Photo:
“One and Other”
by Antony Gormley

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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