Your Public Spirit

You’d smoke, I’d sip scotch.
We’d watch the river darken
at our special bench

in the people’s park,
two old farts taking care of
the public-private

good. Now condos block
the river view, the special
bench a chain-link fence.

Now you too are gone.
I visit in memory
the places we loved,

your public spirit
communicates beyond the
fact of your death.

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.

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