Take THAT, Mr. Death!

People like details
even in death poems, but
death strips the details

from every mor-
tal thing. So you make things up.
The alternative

is to go deeper
into the perplexity
that she existed

at all, beside you,
in the darkened car, lips locked,
eyes closed, hands busy.

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 “Take THAT, Mr. Death!”

  1. This is a very beautiful reverie in grief and love. The grand sweep of the mystery of beings being gives the details at the poem’s close intense tenderness, the passion of the passion of being at all. Even at several removes from the poet’s grief, as the reader I feel solace.


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