Night Walk

No whiskey in the house tonight,
so I step outside into October.
And down the street, on foot,
I am snared by the scents of curry
and Mountain Fresh dryer sheets
and the lingering mesquite
still warm on a charcoal grill.
It used to be difficult to put on
lace-up shoes and call it exercise,
but it’s become an alternative
to all those things that need doing,
and has become as compulsory
as the evening prayers of popes.
Nights like this I think of Hemingway
and his denial that he drank
when he wrote, which seems
almost unfortunate when you consider
his bone dry Old Man and the Sea.
How did it happen that his name
is the one we remember—
when thirteen years earlier,
Richard Llewellyn penned a novel
so intoxicating, each page was a libation
to the god of poetry and prose!
How Green Was My Valley
is a book worth staying sober for.
It made beautiful the mundane life—
like the one I walk out on sometimes
when I leave the house in spirit or on foot.
But I am always home and fully present
by the time the a.m. alarm sounds off,
and I wake to the gift of another round.

DeMaris Gaunt
10-8-15

Painting:
“Nellie Lake,” 1933
by A.Y. Jackson

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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