You Yes

First there is the birth
shout, inarticulate “yes”
in and of being.

But the wedding “yes”
means “I do” — a second “yes”
when you could say “no.”

I was surprised you
would say “yes” to life with me
after saying “no”

so often making
it stick but on a clear cold
day in New England

you looked me in the
eye and said “yes” so sweetly
it still shakes me up.

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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