Shared Spaces

Some people whistle
and infect the air
with a kind of abandon
I don’t understand.
I envy them
their inhibitions—
their disregard for others
who share the space
without an option
to turn down the volume
or change the station.
I wish my intrusions
were as innocent
as theirs.
All they want
is to enjoy their own music
and to share it with me—
who only knows
how impossible it is
to sound unkind—
or to mention how in love
I am with silence.


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

2 thoughts on “Shared Spaces

  1. I really enjoyed your poem envelops at the recent First Friday’s at Harrison Center for the Arts. I am the host of a featured poet/open mike at the Theater at the Fort on Indy’s East side and need a featured poet for September 27th. We meet from 6:30 – 8:30 and you could share your work for the first 30-45 minutes.
    Let me know if you are interested, and if that date doesn’t work, I can suggest other months coming up.

    Liza Hyatt

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    1. Hi Liza,

      Thanks! I’m interested in sharing my work at your venue, but I’m not sure that date would work. I applied late to an art fair in Southern Indiana and am waiting to hear if they have room for me. Could you email me some other possible dates? My email is

      Thank you!
      DeMaris Gaunt


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