I offer you boredom every single day.
I offer you mornings without plans
afternoons without excitement.
I offer you dinner from the freezer,
silence during the movies we will watch
on the gray couch before we go to bed—
where I will offer you everything.
I promise you long stretches of time
that pass so slowly you’ll wonder what happened
to the passion you felt in the first few years.
I offer you a life that will leave you questioning
whether or not there is someone else out there
who could reignite your lust for conversation,
your lust for beauty—
(There is. Of course there is.)
I offer you my approval
which will become a silver tray, tarnished,
in need of polish.
I promise to polish your doubts, your ego—
and your abundance, which grows with pleasure
every time I touch you.
I promise to be your person, your other,
that half that makes you whole.
My hand will always seek yours.
Your body will be the home of my affection.
I will try to be patient, and fail.
But I will be reliable, trustworthy,
honest when honesty is called for.
I want to be the solid when you are in your fluid state,
your light when you have drifted away from the shore.
I offer you spontaneous adventures
curiosity in spades
I vow to correct your grammar
and play advocate to the devil inside you.
I’ll support your wildest and craziest unfulfilled dreams.
I will be a reservoir of laughs
and love—
conditional, of course, because to say otherwise is to lie—
and I promise you—I will never lie.





“Evening, McDonald Lake” Glacier National Park, by Ansel Adams

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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