After a Very Long Wait We Will Fix Dinner Together

You will peel the carrots
while I rinse the broccoli
and my shoulder
will be so close to yours
I’ll have no choice
but to finish my task
as your Siamese twin
because you are a magnet
that has been pulling me
toward you
all these years
and because the chicken
will be baking for another
half hour
your gentle kiss on my cheek
will cause me to pull you upstairs
for the next twenty minutes
so I can feel you lying beside me
after a very long wait
and I will lightly trace the contour
of your beautiful face
with my trembling fingers
and I will kiss the scar
that saved your life
and I will whisper
how happy I am
that you are finally here
and you will look into my eyes
as if you’re about to say
the most romantic thing
and you’ll ask me if I know
what you’d like to do with me
and I think I know
but then you’ll say
I want to shop for a grill with you
and you grin because you knew
you were setting me up
for a big-time funny
and we will laugh until we cry
which is only one of the reasons
why you are worth this wait.


“Loden Coat (Walking in Her Cape Coat)” by Andrew Wyeth, 1975

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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