Watching You Shave

Remember the light
in the bathroom?
The one on the accordion arm?
A twelve-inch illuminated circle
with a magnifying mirror
in the middle—
we were like children in awe
giggling
could see every pore
eyelash
line
in our skin
but we couldn’t see the line
beginning to separate us
the line we crossed
to arrive in that hotel
where the next morning
I sat on the side of the tub
watched you shave
watched you grin
as you watched me watch you
and I was smiling
as I recalled what we gave away
in that room,
what we took—
I looked up at you
as long as I could
before I had to stand,
move behind you,
wrap my arms for the last time
around your body that way
and watch the movie of us
in the mirror—
the one where we were so happy—
the one with the ending
that still makes me cry—
the one keeping me awake now
years later
in another hotel.








DeMaris
11-23-2021

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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