You Patient

As you lay upstairs
laid low by sciatica,
the cat at the door

looking at you, I
would visit the pond in search
of words from my dead

Chinese masters, who
knew the bottom bottomless.
Plunging buffleheads —

that sort of thing. On-
tological happenings
breaking the surface

of the fertile void.
I’d return, mount the stairs, say
“Hi,” and write it down.

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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