Wherever I Go

One o’clock departure.
Hot.
Bright.
Anticipation.
Our date was with the whales.
Fifteen miles from the edge of everything.
Land nowhere in sight.
We were Hollywood.
Glamorous.
Me, red summer dress, big sunglasses.
You, careless gray hair, enviably cool.
Everyone was looking.
At the humpbacks.
At each other.
Some couples held hands.
Some didn’t touch at all—
stood apart, eyes drifting out to sea.
We stood facing the blue horizon.
Pressed together.
Your chest against my back.
Your chin on my shoulder.
Your arms around my waist.
Tight.
I held tight to the rail to keep us upright.
The Northern Star swayed sharply side to side.
Never did we lose our balance.
Never did we feel afraid.
Never did we—
We started back to shore
and you whispered into my ear
     This is how I held you in the art museum
     in front of the van Gogh
     back when we were new.
I whispered
     This is how you held me at the concert
     in September
     before we made love in your old car.
I opened my eyes.
It was just me.
Just a bunch of tourists.
Just the ocean.
Just the whales.
Just the silly wish that still takes you with me
     wherever I go.

DeMaris
7-22-2021

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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