Evening at Mounds State Park 

Some days you are lost
in the confinement of your room
where everything
is mass-produced and tidy
and you sit on the edge of your evening bed
wondering if you should get in
and pull the covers up
over all your unanswered questions
or if you should lace up your boots
and get in the car to go hike trail 5
by the light of the moon—
And you know you made the right choice
when the path seems to welcome you
with a glowing ribbon of snow
escorting you down to the White River,
which will offer you its earnest council—
and the sycamores will listen
to anything you have to say
and without judgment they will point out
with their crystal arms
all the options you’ve been forgetting—
and you will stay until the raccoons 
politely kick you out with a nut to the head
and by then you will be able to return
to your room where you will sleep easier
after having found a few of those
obscure and elusive answers.






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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