On the Metaphysics of Being

My body is the accumulation
of every moment
every memory
every pleasure
and pain
my body is holding my life in safekeeping
its purpose is to be the vessel
that will gather
the physical and emotional toll
of being alive
my body is me
and my body wants to understand
how it could be
that the most powerful
meaningful expression in the world
is wordless
is desire
is need
is being connected wholly
breathlessly to his body
naked and horizontal above me

it seems the only thing
my body wants to do is become hollow
and emptied of every burden it contains
so that all I can feel is his pulse
delivering a shockwave
of clarity into my center
which will be the answer
to everything
if only for a moment
but that moment
will feel pure
like love


“Getting Up” by Berthe Morisot, 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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