Wedding Card

The hand-written message
below the Hallmark bullshit
should be short and sweet—
heartfelt and true, if possible,
which is why I’d like to say:
Look, darlings, love won’t last
in its current form.
It will begin to roll away
after you make love
and it won’t be excited to see you
when you walk through the door
one day when you have exciting news
you want to share.
And there will come a day
when you are out shopping
for the mundane items to keep you alive
and she’ll smell a bar of soap
that reminds her of the man
who came before you
and the question mark
she thought she buried
will rise to the surface once again—
and he’ll hear a song playing
in the barber shop
that reminds him of the woman
who wrote him into her stories
and he’ll feel guilty for the many times
he went to her for comfort
in the years since he said “I do,”
but there he is, beside you,
across the table from you, smiling,
still there, still holding your hand—
and you’ll want to hate him
but you can’t—
and he’ll never leave
the way he’s left in his mind
a hundred thousand times.
And this is marriage—
this is the terrible
and beautiful thing called love.


“Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of the Woods” by John Singer Sargent, 1885

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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