Zero — for Richard Hoffman

The future as road.
Old friend, your eloquence on
this topic suffers

the pains of all the
homeless on the road. This road—-
who knows where it goes?

Maybe as metaphor
for ‘the future,’ ‘road’ falls short
of hope abandoned.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at 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 and other sites.

One thought on “Zero — for Richard Hoffman”

  1. I take your point, and gratefully. After all, as Famous Seamus once said: “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Thank you.


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