Under the blue mottled sky
he rides—
the city open to him, finally,
after winter snows
kept telling him no—
after the numbers
started to go down—
the pandemic loosening its grip.
This road is where he breathes
glides on two wheels
past pedestrians out for a walk—
everyone out in the longed-for sun
searching for normal.
He is looking forward
to the next time
he’ll hear from her—
the new, beautiful girl
he’s taken an interest in—
the girl who took the place
of someone replaceable.
The view ahead of him
is filled with promise
and colors blurred by his speed
as he passes into the future.
He’s a man of substance
of mass
taking up space in her mind—
the mind writing this poem—
the mind of the girl
for an upgraded version,
younger, of course—
the new vision he is pedaling into


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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