Rage and Laughter

A sunny Sunday
for a walk, the path deep in
muddy rose petals.

Miles away city
squares fill with rage and laughter
and beetled police.

Years ago I’d be
there fence-sitting but seeing
what I could not know.

There are no chosen
people. Passion trumps power.
God doesn’t take sides.

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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