Free Will

In the middle of your life
you will probably give
some thoughtful consideration
to the rest of it.
And because you know
what it feels like to have
succeeded less often
than you’ve failed
you think it might not be
a bad idea to go ahead and do
some of those things
that were curtailed by your
apprehension, and your
erroneous belief that good things
come to those who wait.
By now, your work ethic
should have accumulated
into a debt free future
filled with airline tickets
and bathing suits that flatter
your healthy choices—
but this is a reality that belongs
to others who,
through luck or inheritance
aren’t contemplating
the few uninspiring choices
presenting themselves to you.
But the trump card has always
been waiting in your pocket
with a royal smile—
tempting you to make
the kind of move
that takes you out of the game
and drops you into a wilderness
where you might just bloom
into something exotic
and unrecognizable—
but first you have to fold.


DeMaris Gaunt

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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