How to Love an Introvert Part V

He destroyed you once again
with his honest words—
with the explanation you asked for
then begged for,
hoping to hear it again, differently,
as if maybe you misheard him the first time
when he said, “Weekends are enough for me.”
as if maybe he really said they aren’t.
But because the frequency
of your perfectly spent days with him
did not increase
you began to wonder about the flaws
he must have seen in you—
the ones you believed you’d hidden so well.
And taking this to heart, you decided
he was almost benevolent
for spending any time with you at all,
and so decided it would be an act of kindness
to remove yourself from his company
and love him how he ought to be loved—
from afar.






“The Absinthe Drinker” by Edgar Degas, 1876


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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