Just One Of Those Nights We Dreamed Of

Tonight would have been fun, different.
We would have sat outside on the deck
under the string of soft yellow lights
substituting for stars,
and watched the hummingbirds quarrel
without apologies.
I would have thanked you so much
for the day you spent working so hard
to put a small roof over the table
where we can sit now even when it rains.
Adding that roof was something
I always wanted to do,
and you would’ve known how much
I wanted to sit outside last Saturday
when the temperature would have
melted ice cream slower
than any day in the past month.
So you came home with a surprise of lumber
in the truck we would have bought together
after we decided we needed a four-wheel drive,
and you measured, sawed and hammered
while I made lunch and then the dinner
we would have eaten together
on this deck we built a million years ago
when we believed a night like this
would have been just one of thousands.


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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