Reconciliation

The stunning moon
glows indiscriminately
over the brick house
strung with colored lights
that peek through the snow
like shining jewels.
Inside are lives burning—
lives burdened
with the duty of civility.
Of reconciliation.
The duty of managing 
contempt and subduing rage.
The sheer curtains are drawn
across two silhouettes
animated for the evening
by a game of cards
which serves the purpose
of simulating normalcy,
that illusion from their past life—
the one they had
before the shocking news
redefined for one of them
the character of the other,
who led a double life
which caught up to him
and caused him to confess
that yes, indeed he did.
But he wouldn’t, he promised,
ever do it again.

*****

DeMaris
12-1-2020

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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