Tides

On school vacations
we’d leave our desert home for
the Pacific coast.

I’d watch the tide pools
empty and fill as the waves
came in and out. Time

well spent. When full the
pool would display in color
the wonder of star

fish. I’d lean over
the pool entranced until it
emptied. Narcissi-

sm came later. A
child again I wait for words
to come rushing back.

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. 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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