New England

In the raw sunlight
of this mid-December day
the distance between

the horizon and
the front doors of our houses
makes me wish for snow.

I preoccupy
myself with raking the leaves
into piles to burn.

Smoke gets in my eyes.
I can’t wait to see the im-
maculate first flake.

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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