My Plans for the Fourth

This Independence
Day our new tyrant will tweet
away. The People

will have their fireworks
which shatter the midsummer-
night calm and make pets

whimper. On the cool
steps of your college green, far
from the excitement,

we’ll pass between us
a bottle of old Balvenie,
sipping and joking.

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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