Temporary Housing

Temporary Housing

After he moved back in
after he sold his house
and was looking for a new one
we went right back
into the routine
that I once found claustrophobic
never quite oppressive.
But the years apart
informed me
that the routine
would follow me anywhere—
that no one else would ever love me
beyond deserving
like he still does—
in acts of kindness
sexless affection
effusive compliments
that reach for the truth.
How wonderful that now
he is the one who suggests
we take a walk
or make music around the campfire
or make beef bourguignon together
like we did
a dozen Christmas’s ago.
Nothing has changed
except the way the whiskey
and the weed
lost their grip on his energy
and his mind—
because the cancer decides now
what he puts into his body
and dictates how long he has
to convince me he should stay.


“In the Vicinity of the Savvino Storozhevsky Monastery” by Isaac Levitan, 1880

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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