The Dog

The family
embroiled in scandal
and drama
the bastard child
cries
when she is pulled away
from the foster family
and reunited
with her mother
and the mother’s sister
is sleeping
with the whole town
and they both share a sister
buried
years ago
after giving birth
to her first
and last child
and their grandmother
has confided in her granddaughters
that she let love enter her
decades ago
in the form of a man
who didn’t have the name
of their father’s father
and these girls share a mother
who was swept away
almost
completely
by a man who came to dinner
to talk about art
and sat down
between her and her husband
before they sipped wine
and exited into the night
with reckless abandon
and all this time
the dog
seemed to become smaller
slower
sicker
and the tension in the house
expanded
like a rubber band
about to snap
and then one day
the vet was called
and there was an evaluation
after which
came a phone call
and the word cancer
choked the air
in the room
where they were all eating together
and all of a sudden
everything human
fell away
became trivial
and hilarious
and the only thing worthy of reverence
and tears
was the way the yellow lab
looked into everyone’s eyes
without judgment
or fear.

***


DeMaris
10-1-2020

“Master Bedroom” by Andrew Wyeth

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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