Cottage Cheese

When you could still walk
you’d leave your bed demanding
“the goddamn cottage

cheese” and we’d laugh. You
loved to say “goddamn”– Ezra’s
ancient Spring music

came to mind. Your mind
was going, dementia
a good month away.

In retrospect I
know the self is no ground to
stand on, sing goddamn.

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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