Artery

All morning
I told myself
I’d finally put an end to this—
cut the strings
that started to
attach us to each other
and walk away
without looking back—
that I’d go to bed
with a conscience
wiped clean—
promised myself
that in the name
of propriety and fidelity
I’d refuse to indulge
my instincts
and my intuition—
but when it was time
to put my resolve
to the test
and rebuke this
absolute weakness
I have for you—
I found I was in
possession
of not a single tool
to cut this connection
which has become
as important
as an artery
running through you
and into me—
pulsing with a reminder
of what it’s like
to be a little terrified
to feel this hopeful
and this alive.

 

 

 

DeMaris
1-18-17

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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