Couple

I doze in the sand.
An old couple races back
from the rising tide,

their laughter mixing
with the cries of seagulls. I
look: they are dragging

long ropes of kelp from
the ocean and flinging them
back in sleepy arcs.

I wake to their screams
of delight as the bigger
waves knock them over.

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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