Tenth Floor

I walked from a few blocks away
because parking isn’t free
or reasonable in the kind of hotels
with their own parking garage
and with white-gloved valets
accustomed to the bucket seats
of Porsches or Lamborghinis
like the ones I walked between
as I approached the lobby
via the enormous rotating door
spinning almost slow enough to pass into
without worry of being crushed
by the glances of everyone already inside
with a good reason
to suspect I was in over my head
as I walked toward the elevator
in my purple Chucks
and canvas duffel bag
full of everything I’d need to stay occupied
and hidden in a room on the 10th floor
for two days
while the man who invited me
earned his honest living
while attending the conference downstairs
hosted by his employer, who,
on several occasions texted him—
wondered where he was
and why he was skipping lunch
or the complimentary after-dinner cocktails
and I am smiling here in the sleepless future
recalling the choice he made
to return to our room
with one entire wall a window
overlooking the buzz of a city so alive
it pulsed like my heart
as he drizzled cream over my nipples
and I can’t say if it was better
to feel his tongue lick and suck
or to watch in the mirror
what he did to me afterward—
as if something so beautiful and erotic
could have been more than just a dream.


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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