Tag Archives: lovers

What We Are

What we are not:
a couple
married
partners
together
dependent
demanding
difficult
beholden
indebted
invested
incomplete
soul mates

What we are:
self-sufficient
free spirits
explorers
linked
separate
same
autonomous
whole
content
complacent
loners
lonely lovers

 

 

 

DeMaris
2-11-17

“Noon: Rest from Work” by Vincent Van Gogh 1890

Don’t Go

There was a song in you
that played against my ear
when we were pressed
for time and my arms
were unable to let you go—
the winter trees seemed
to whisper an apology
that they couldn’t hide us
a little bit better,
and even the woodpeckers
were considerate to pause
their racket long enough
for me to listen to the words
which sounded like
don’t go don’t go don’t go.

 

 

 

 

 

DeMaris
1-23-17

Floating

Floating

Now that I know what love isn’t,

instructed by a history of errors,

 

I can say for sure

what I’ve long suspected:

 

that night drive home from Cincinnati

dozens of years ago

 

(or was is only ten)

meant as much as the whole decade since.

 

Two lovers: one for a night and one for the long run,

one on wheels and one with an anchor.

 

It seems unfair that the first would

still drive me to the same conclusion:

 

that it’s possible for love to float alongside you

separate from the safety of your ship

 

like an old lifeboat, tethered,

just waiting for you to jump in.

 

 

DeMaris Gaunt

9-21-13