Earth Day

I’ve come to tell you
something about the earth
something about this day
the sun
my god—
the sun rose again
and so did I—
and how magnificent it is
that I am a spectator
of the goldfinch
the nuthatch
the Carolina wren—
the song of life
ringing in my ears—
the vision of freedom
exemplified by the squirrel
who beats me daily
in a battle of wits
and in a battle of will—
takes his prize from the feeder
I have so carefully
fortified against him—
and the birds are astonished
by the audacity
of such a beast
to take
what wasn’t intended for him
what wasn’t given to him—
and by god
by GOD
is the proof we need
to say to each other:
there is no omnipotence
no fairness
no god
overseeing the way we live,
the way we take
whatever we want—
the way we push
whatever it is
out of the way
if it stands between our wish
and the outcome we desire—
and no one seems to care
that the outcome
is empty
of absolutely everything
we need
in order to survive.


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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