Going Out

At seventy, it’s
always evening
(C. Wright).
Such strong lines come to

mind now only to
flame out, per Paradiso,
generosity

of being being
the root of universal
justice. I bag her

cosmetics — lotions,
nail polish — for the bin. How
splendid she looked

as we left for the
evening, ornament and
order in her wake.

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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