Who kept these photos
could not see evidence of
supervening love

in this stiff album.
How perfect the decorum
you kept by staring

at the camera.
Though uninvited, Love would
make an appearance

on occasion, sweat
slick your brow, blood swell your lips,
tongue, eyes, ears, failing —

I can see you now,
self-shaper, self-transcender,
Eros, undeceived.

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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