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One
year
ago
today
I thought I had reached the limit of my love.
My patience
having been stretched out like a rubber band
pulled
pulled
pulled back farther
than the definition of endurance—
intolerance finally collapsing into your cheek
in the shape of my hand.
And you forgave me
for hating you
for loving you so much
I could never understand
why you only gave me hours at a time—
never days
never nights
never a plan to escape to the place
you said you wanted to go with me
which was far away from the central library
on the 5th floor
where you wouldn’t tell me
why
it was taking you so long to make up your mind
how
and
when
you would come to me.
Yet you still came to me after that violence—
after that sharp sound colored you red.
But that explosion
didn’t change the landscape of your life.
Didn’t blast you into mine.
Didn’t do anything
but prove I was a time bomb
created by promises
I’m still waiting for you to keep.








*****
DeMaris
11-15-2020

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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