Dementia

My dear atheist,
these verses are my prayers
for you — and for me.

In my defense, I
say prayers are spoken in
the darkness of God.

You loved to say “God-
damn!” this and “Goddamn” that to-
ward the end (we have

no idea of end).
You said it with a half-smile.
I took it on trust.

Much later, the end
unspeakable, you said, clear
as a bell, “I’m bored!”

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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