Tears, Idle Tears

The bush pokes out of

the snow — it’s a rose!– not here,

back in New England.

Midflight over the

dark Atlantic, refugees

learn the news: once there

our homegrown tyrant

will return them to their own

tyrant, just because.

I sip English Break-

fast tea. I thaw. Tears begin

to flow more freely

 

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Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. His blogs include poemswithoutborders.com He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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