You Stick

Without beliefs ex-
cept in the necessity
of loving others

you made do with good
actions. Early in our court-
ship I made you a

walking stick. Stripping
the bark, I exposed the twist-
ed radiant grain.

Later when we went
places you’d sit and watch for
people who used sticks.

A counting game! Your
face lit up like the sky bright
with traveling clouds.

You made a festive
thing out of willingness to
wave your stick at it.

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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