What a great fortune it is
that I have them—
strong able willing
to carry me miles at a time
through the woods
along the beach
down the sidewalk
into and out of
the grocery store
the museum
the theater—
they can run dance jump
kick lift bend
they are shaved
the color of sand
thick as pillars
the sad soft skin never firm
or close enough to the bones—
the knees
are pitiful undefined lumps
below loose puddles of thigh
sloshing onto the chair
squeezed into jeans
calves barely transitioning
into ankles
that hold up the structure
containing my brain
trained by social expectations
and magazine covers
to feel disgust
as great
as my earnest gratitude
for the pair
of aesthetically inferior
genetic miracles
that take me
wherever I need to go.


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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