Her Perfumes

Been through some changes,
Oh yes been through some changes
in this floating world.

Nothing dulls the raz-
or teeth of necessity
(Death) in this floating

world. Laceration
of the heart. The beloved
flames out, oh flickers

on the things we shared —
how we loved this floating world.
Her treasured perfumes.

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 “Her Perfumes”

  1. Dear Tom,
    I just read your post about your precious Toby. I am sorrier than I can express. This has grabbed my heart. I don’t have your phone number or I would call you. What is it?

    I am so sorry for having been so negligent. I owed her a letter since last September and I started it many times. Oh my God, I hope you are all right – you and Cece-kitty.
    I am so sorry. She was a bright, brilliant light and made me feel loved and smart.
    Tom, Tom, Tom, I don’t know how to say it better.

    My heart goes out to you for your great huge loss.



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