5:47 a.m.

5:47 a.m.

Every fucking goddamn morning
like clockwork
my head on my pillow
dreaming the sweetest of dreams
when the barking pierces my slumber
breaks into my consciousness
jabs me into the most irritated state
causes me to grit my teeth
consider the guns some people used
to assault this kind of problem
back in a time
when savagery beget savagery
without the law interfering or protecting
the mindless inconsideration
of domesticated animals
that are never going to understand
how unpleasant it is for a human
to have their blanket of sleep
ripped to shreds by the teeth
of a neighbor’s dog
whose velvet muzzle
I will kneel down to kiss
whose ears I will scratch affectionately
in a matter of hours
when I’m out for my daily walk.


“The Intruder” by Andrew Wyeth 1971

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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