Say goodbye to Pax
Americana, your youth
and entitlement.

What was freedom for?
Autonomy for those who
had more and did more.

Did it boil down to
guns? An ignorant people,
armed: what could go wrong?

It takes me longer
and longer to calm down, to
resume dialogue

with my simple self.
My cat on my lap, wide-eyed,
seems almost blissful.

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.

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