Rain

Yes I’ve always loved
grammar and now in old age
may and might and can

and could are crucial.
Time’s distentions in the mind
painfully observed

point to the joys of
creation, the gift, the sheer
luck of being at

all. O you poor dear,
gazing out over your cup
of coffee at mere

possibility!
You nod to your quiet com-
panion, the rain.

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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