Not a House of Cards

There are no instructions for this

for the after

like

what am I supposed to do now
with his white t-shirt

with the shadow box on the wall
holding the stones I found
when we were together
and the concert ticket
from that best-night-ever
tucked behind the pinecone

the notes he wrote
what do I do with those

what do I do with the photos
of our happiness

with everything I have that is him

with
the ace, king, queen, jack, 10 of hearts
with the encrypted message
he wrote across the back
all lined up
telling me we are not a house of cards

but we were

we fell

we are still falling

soon

we will hit rock-bottom
which is where
I told him I was willing to go
to find out if this was love






DeMaris
6-21-2021

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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