Tag Archives: conversation

Something Small

On any given day
on any given road
men and women
travel together in silence
or in conversation
and in one scenario
there is silence and joy
in another there is
conversation and joy
and many times
there is silence and hurt
that festers
into a conversation
that solves the problem
and other times
silence swells shut
the mouth that is weary
of never being heard
and by then
the heart is making plans
to travel alone
for the rest of this
godforsaken way.

 

 

 

 

DeMaris
11-5-18

Mushroom Cloud

The days
that separate us
are long
and large
and almost empty
compared
to the few days
here and there
when we
are together
talking
listening
laughing—
and your warmth
always finds me
envelops me
enters me
causes
a nuclear explosion
a mushroom
cloud of feeling
spreading
from my core
to my edges
and when you leave
I float down
with the fallout
in pieces
wishing
you’d want
to stay
long enough
to see what we
could look like
whole.

 

 

 

 

 

DeMaris
9-6-17

 

Photo by Mark Mawson

Ask Me Anything (for d.b.)

That’s what you say
when you know
who you’re talking to—
when you expect
the expected and are
prepared to lie—
and clever enough
to keep it interesting.
Or maybe I’m wrong
about you.
Maybe you’re the one
who can speak honestly
after you offer
such an invitation,
even if the question is—
“Would you show me
all your scars?”

 

DeMaris Gaunt
4-30-15