Oh, Ocean ~ Part II

Oh, Ocean ~ Part II

As I walked toward you
for our last evening stroll
I started to feel the melancholy
of saying goodbye.
Our days passed so quickly
didn’t they?
I will miss the offerings
you pushed onto the shore
just for me—
the broken, imperfect shells
and sand dollars—
you realized I like them better
than the ones without flaws.
Such pleasures you gave me!
Oh, how I wish we had more time.
Another day.
Another candid conversation
about life and love and loss.
I think you could read my mind.
In the end,
like any wise, experienced lover,
you promised nothing—
told me you’d be around
if I ever pass through again.
You said it was okay
that I didn’t trust you
with the whole of my body—
admitted that sometimes
you get carried away,
take more than a lover wants to give.
How endearing you’ve become.
I wish you could see yourself
as I do—
wish you could witness
with my eyes
how tenderly
you receive the setting sun—
how softly you bring it down
as if it were the most precious
cherished thing in the universe.
It made me remember
how someone I once loved
loved me.
I know you’ve had other admirers—
who have felt the tide of emotion
you inspire—
but I loved you so much
in our last red-sky hour
I wanted to offer you something human—
wanted to write for you this poem,
give you a mind—
and a sensitive heart to guide it.


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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