Tradition of Bias on the Drive Home

Tradition of Bias on the Drive Home

We agree
the Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful—
the turkey, perfection
the rolls, divine—
the variety of indulgences
colored the countertop like a mosaic
and we consumed everything
with the hunger of the starved.
The homemade apple pie, gone,
before we finished our heaping plates,
but it was okay
because there was plenty of pumpkin pie
whipped cream
chocolate chip cookies
lemon bars
delicious conversation
that filled in the gaps of the past year—
a cornucopia of stories
that now, driving home, we digest
mediocrities we belittle
behaviors we criticize
choices we condemn
manners we scorn
political leanings we despise—
those typical faults we find in everyone,
but can’t see in ourselves.


“Thanksgiving” by Dorris Lee, 1935

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

2 thoughts on “Tradition of Bias on the Drive Home

  1. I may be biased, but I think you’d make a wonderful Thanksgiving guest. We might not agree on religion, but we respect each other’s minds for conceiving the thoughts we don’t share. We could listen to some amazing music, marvel at some incredible art, and laugh in spite of the grief we’ve gone through this year. Happy Thanksgiving, DeMaris!

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