New Everything

New Everything

Knowing now the depth
of some mistakes he made
he said goodbye to the house
the dog the wife the child
made his way across town
to the new apartment
granite countertops
everything more modern
than what he left behind
even the couch inherited from a friend
is more comfortable
than the one he slept on for ten years
after his wife
found out about his first affair
but when she found out
about the new one
he decided it was only fair to move out
move on
because the last affair
wasn’t going to be the last affair
because he was the kind of man
who needed to get lost in the minutiae
of a new beautiful woman
every few years
after which boredom
turned his head like a lighthouse beam
toward someone more interesting
out there in the dark
and he’s sorry sometimes
he was made this way
sorry also
that he hadn’t found a better way to conceal
from his daughter
his impulses to prey on those of her gender
who weren’t much older
and for this he felt not enough shame
to keep him from trying to lure
the most captivating flesh he could find
into his new room onto his new bed
where he will give his temporary
undivided attention
to the youngest most beautiful girl
that will give him hers.


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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