Time Makes Tourists of Us All

Watching the weir, green Avon
slipping by. A pint

lasts only so long.
Then I too must go. Time makes
tourists of us all.

Foam at the bottom.
Citizen of the world, be-
hold your nothingness.

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 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.

One thought on “Time Makes Tourists of Us All”

  1. I like the variation on the conventional imagery Tom: not only the river but the pint, and foam left in the glass in place of dust and ashes! What next as memento mori I wonder?!


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