Cost

I opened the email
and read the apology
from the arts organization I belong to
for publishing my address wrong
in the annual magazine
that just came back from the printer
and is on its way
to thousands of art lovers
and galleries
and collectors
and my heart clenched and sank
over the loss of revenue
that would be linked to this mistake.
But then the world crept in
and I was elevated once again
into my privileged life
as I read about the error
in the local high school yearbook
which wasn’t an error at all
but a hate so deep and wide
it sought to erase an entire boy
by erasing his name—
by printing in its place Black Guy.
And I know
and you know
the kid or kids who did this  
will say I’m sorry
and they will be punished
and I would hope be responsible
for the cost of reprinting
seven hundred yearbooks—
but they will never comprehend
(they could never comprehend)
the length they added
to an ever-extending scar.



*****


DeMaris
10-20-2020

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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