It Happened Again

Stepping out the front
door this morning — it was cool —
for the first time I

heard a mourning dove.
That omnidirectional
repetitive pre-

sence. Again after
two years, thousands of miles be-
tween, space-time collapsed.

That bird’s pellucid
sound held my attention with
nothing between us.

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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