A friend brings a friend—
doesn’t say
it’s because I’m single
but I figure it out—
pick up hints
that I have been part
of their conversation
earlier in the day
and I am flattered
by the questions, the interest—
the way the new friend
looks me in the eye
as if I have answers
that might unlock a universe.
I have, of course, such answers,
but depth is a location
I have given up.
My friend didn’t realize
a connection isn’t something
I’m willing to make now,
or ever again, with anyone.
But I can’t say
there wasn’t something
like a spark
glittering there between us—
this new man,
tall, intense,
in all the right things.
He could probably
be everything I wanted
if I let him—
but he couldn’t be you.


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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