November 17th, 2011

to know what she was thinking
as she felt the cold gray clay
in her hands for the very first time.
Like the other kids
she would have been fascinated
by the instructor
making it look easy
making it look like control
wasn’t something you had to master.
But there must have been failures
before the bowl finally took shape
spinning in her cupped hands—
her fingers pressing the slightest ridges
into the softness.
She wasn’t thinking then
that the bowl would harden in the kiln
or that the purple and green glaze
would chip away over time—
because time isn’t something
you think about when you’re 10.
When you’re 10
all you want to do in art class
is create something to impress your dad
years later
still opens the cabinet around midnight
reaches for the precious bowl
pours the milk over the granola—
and in a kind of ritual
runs his fingertips along the date
and her name
scratched into the bottom of the bowl
as he takes a bite.


“Man Eating Soup” by Albert Anker, 1831 – 1910

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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