Your Way of Laughing

That Christmas in Rome
you lost yourself in the crowds,
enjoyed the creches,

the festive spirit
no object to your lack of
belief. I conclude:

however one sees
things, the unseen source of good
in the flesh is cause

for joy. Not that you
would have put it that way as
you broke out laughing.

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.

2 thoughts on “Your Way of Laughing”

  1. Lovely reverie. For me it calls to mind Kearney on Sarah’s and the Virgin Mary’s laughter when they are confronted by impossible news–a quite unnecessary para-text, yet for me the poem gets at that amazing tension of perception and over-spilling of joy that comes regardless of ‘faith’ or ‘unbelief’ as we encounter incarnation.


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