A Brief History of Us

We are together
in the background
of a thousand photos,
in the archives of others,
where we exist
at least once
as the happy couple
holding hands
kissing under the streetlights
in Fountain Square.
we make a short appearance
in a video someone took
at the Tash Sultana concert
when my arms
were reaching into the air
and yours were around my waist
and we were lost in the music
that I still listen to,
to bring you back.
We have likely been erased
by now
from the security tapes
that were rolling
at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
where we were misbehaving
in the unpeopled galleries—
but our names are forever
listed together
in a police report
from November 3rd
of our last year
because we were in the park
past midnight
pressed together
in the back seat of my car.
We are almost gone now—
lost to the erasure of history
and to the choice
I never thought you’d make—
so I am recording a few memories
in the form of this poem
that will someday be found
and read by someone
who will never know us
or how deeply we loved
how much we suffered
how much we wanted
how much we stole
from this grand, fleeting
temporary life.


“Over the Town” by Marc Chagall, 1918

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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