Christ it’s no meta-
phor to feel as one’s own the
terror of children

not one’s own, it is
self-recognition, the child
burning in the street,

collateral da-
mage, the child at the border
snatched from her mother.

These thresholds of hell
are very much our doing,
made in hell by us,

made in the U.S.
by us, by us, for them, hell
made here in us, us.

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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