The Umbrella

Rainy Saturday.
The trees full of rain let it
go into the wind.

Her sudden laughter
as her umbrella knocks it
loose from the branches.

I’m blessed to hear that.
Aphrodite, thanks for this
subtle reminder.

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.

4 thoughts on “The Umbrella”

  1. I started reading this, down here in NZ, only a minute after you had posted it Tom. It’s a delight. Simple in language and form of course, but multi layered and full of blessings for the reader. A joy to read and I immediately read it several times over. All the best, John


  2. This is a light yet all the more profound reflection on time, love, and the in between of flesh-consciousness. The final phrase especially has the crispness and translucent equivocity of Horace. Like a Horatian ode, this poem undercuts itself in the final lines, revealing the tensions of human experience including nature and the gods.


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