Your Way

Not one for theory,
you responded with delight
to forms of beauty:

wet cobblestones in
Bath, the honeyed air of Rome,
the cat’s deep purr as

you groomed her. You — you
had a way with dumb creatures.
Your own beauty left

me speechless — base re-
ponse for a theorist who
craves shadowless light.

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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