The Glass Table

Starting over, are
we, at seventy? A damp
tumescence at dawn?

Your contingencies—
dark of November morning,
the cold floor, the drink

half-finished and stale
on the glass table, the cat’s
distant call from her

empty bowl, her gaze
unwavering – all painted
by God (per Dante

in Paradiso)?
Nothing necessary to
it but love is love.

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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