In the Morning

The coffee is a pleasure,
looked forward to
like the flowers outside
in need of water—
what a joy it is
to give them a drink,
to prune the spent blossoms
in order to have more—
and the neighbor waves
as she walks by,
her dog impatiently
pulling her along
into the golden day.
Almost every possibility
there is the anticipation
of work—
of feeling the satisfaction
that comes with creation—
and someone
somewhere in Alabama
has chosen me
to make something
she wants,
which is a gift
of great validation—
needed some days
more than others
and today
is one of those days.
I am trying to find
every splinter of happiness,
I am seeking the joy
in anything I can—
the monarch
on the milkweed
is making me smile
and the expectation
of fresh tomatoes
sweet corn
and butternut squash
is registering as pleasant
in the swirl of emotions
hard to control
these days
when myriad pleasures
are doing their best
to remind me
it’s okay that he’s gone
he was just one
of a million delights—
a gunslinger
who hit my bullseye
just for sport—
nobody I should raise
a glass of whisky to tonight
after I survive
another morning
so full of good
and beautiful
and undeserved things
it makes me want to cry.


“Selma in the Garden” by T.C. Steele

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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