I Could Always Tell You Anything

I could tell you
about the darkness
about the coyotes
the anti-silence beneath the stars
the peace I felt without light.
I could tell you
about the dog
that chased the fear into my steps
as I walked along the road
at midnight.
I could tell you
about the decision I made
to turn around—
I could tell you why
I could tell you how
the distance became too great
to believe I’d ever be able
to build a bridge back
to the place we stood in the dark
on the porch
in another September
in what seems like another lifetime
lived by characters with our faces
and our names—
but those people weren’t us
because they promised each other
And I wouldn’t have to explain to you
why I still speak to him—
the ghost with your face
and your name.
I could tell you
it does get easier
it does hurt less
to enter the night
with my eyes open
now that I’m not looking for you,
now that I’ve stopped wondering
where you are.


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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