The Art of Bridge Burning

It is not enough to burn the bridge
or scoop out all the ashes left behind
you have to dig a crater
so deep and so wide
that whoever it is
you don’t want to cross the divide
will become paralyzed
from the view on the edge
and after you climb back up
with your shovel
and disheveled dignity
you must pack up everything you own
and hitchhike out of that small country
you just split in two
and don’t even think about resettling
until your feet are a million miles away
and even though it would satisfy
to pick up the binoculars
and search for the dumbfounded figure
who never thought you’d have the balls
to leave his lies
you must never look back
and it wouldn’t hurt to delete
any temptation to call or text or write
and just to be safe
hold onto that love letter he wrote you
and mailed the old fashioned way
the one you’ve read every day for a year
because it might come in handy
if you need proof
that lies were all he gave you
and if you are ever curious enough
to wander back to the edge of the burn
you might need to wad that love letter
up into a ball and light it on fire
under the rickety bridge
he’s likely to be building back to you

 

 

 

DeMaris
12-8-19

Photo by Ansel Adams, Yosemite National Park

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 “The Art of Bridge Burning

  1. Well, on the bright side… you can now go spelunking in the memories of that chasm. Rappelling, Abseiling… perhaps a bit of para-gliding or even wing-suiting… All incredibly satisfying activities when you’re just left with an abyss.

    – Your Belgian co-intellect. 😛

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