Capital Words

It’s a big country.
Away at the Capitol,
news-breaks break often,

live-streamed — which is good;
people need to be informed.
All the important

words — news, inform, scan-
dal — are capital words. Take
scandal (Gk: stumblng

block.) A sparrow song,
woven in silence, live-streamed
from the hedge, makes me

stumble: Scandal of
being! Sweet perfection inform-
ing me in itself.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at 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 and other sites.

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