Anxiety Problem

You might
have a problem
with anxiety
if you daydream
about how nice
it would be
if a car
or a semi truck
rear ended you
on the way
to the soirée
where you
will be expected
to do nothing
but speak about
the things you love
which should be
easy because
all you need to do
is speak your truth
and smile
and shake hands
and thank everyone
for coming—
and if it were only
that easy
there wouldn’t be
any reason
to have your therapist
on speed dial
but you don’t have
a therapist yet
and you promise
yourself
if you survive
the night
you’ll get one.

 

DeMaris Gaunt
11-4-15

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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