My Son Calls Me Plato

My Son Calls Me Plato

Before I go to the grocery
I always ask him
“anything you want?”
and always
every time
he says “shakes”—
you know,
the breakfast kind
pack of twelve
I say no way
every time—
it’s become a joke
an affectionate game
because I always come home
with something healthy
like broccoli or bananas—
tell him
“this is in lieu of the shakes”
and he makes a face
feigns disgust
but occasionally
almost never
I’m feeling generous
I buy the shakes
bring them home
put them in the fridge
then hours later
in another part of the house
I’ll hear him yell
and that’s what I wanted
I wanted to give him
that simple uncomplicated joy
and this morning
at breakfast
he was taking a sip
I was watching his face
I asked him
if they were as good as he remembered
he shook his head
said “no, they never are”
and I said
“you mean the last time
I brought them home
you thought they weren’t that great?”
he said
“yeah, but I crave them”
and I said
“there’s a lesson here,
A good one”
I told him
whatever it is he will want in this life—
the having is never as good
as the wanting—
“what we want is to want”
and he said “ok, Plato”
then I took him to school
for inferior lessons.


“Nicholas, ten years old” by Andrew Wyeth 1956

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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