New Jersey Transit

Going home I chose
to stand between cars with snow,
rain, hot afternoon

Jersey sun. Work stuff
shook off me into backyards,
wetlands. I became

a white-knuckled self
holding on to its open
cage. Finally, my

stop. I relaxed my
hand, my nothingness ready
for the long walk home.

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.

One thought on “New Jersey Transit”

  1. This poem reminds me of the photon paradox as packet of light and wave. It also reminds me of “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” And, not least, it reminds me of going through this world. I would read this one with students!


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