The Love Language of the Dead

Mercifully,
before my mom passed away
the hospice nurse told us what to expect—
told us about the mottled skin,
the damp swollen hands and feet,
the unblinking eyes, open,
the silence of apnea taking turns
with the terrible death rattle—
that predictive grand finale
coming from the depths of her
that sounded like Life trying to say:
Wait a minute,
hold on,
I wasn’t finished—
But it was really the urgent voice of Death
pleading with the loved ones gathered:
Don’t wait until it’s too late—
go back into the world
live well—
live as fearlessly as you can bear.





DeMaris
6-9-2021

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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