Oh, Ocean

Oh, Ocean

I got to know you
the way a woman
gets to know a lover
she will never trust.
I saw you every morning,
Liked the way you teased me,
tried to touch me.
But I was out of reach
until I saw something
I wanted,
walked closer,
let you have me for a moment
while I reached in,
took what I wanted
from your grasp.
A handful of shells
is what you gave me,
and they were beautiful,
they were enough.
But then I went to see you
in the moonlight
when it was just you and me—
you were all mine
and I stood before you
listening to you explain
with rushing fervor
that I should come to you—
that I should just wade in
a little deeper
past your deafening waves
toward your calm horizon—
and I felt you pull me into you,
heard you promising
to erase my ache
if only I’d let you swallow me
return me
reduce me
to water and bone.
I might have given in
if I didn’t already know
how easy it was
to drown in the vagaries
of what can feel like love.


“Moonlight” by Childe Hassam, 1892

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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