Dull

Maybe a second
cup would make a difference.
I watched a pale girl,

clearly pregnant, care-
fully shrug on her raincoat.
She gave me a dull

look as she went out.
Wordless exchange, if exchange
at all. I wish I

had said more, more than
nothing. Others come and go,
small words between them.

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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