At home I watch the
light. Low clouds. A hot stiff wind.
Trees glitter and thrash.

The Fourth of July,
Independence Day. I want
to sit in public,

drink coffee and read,
like any other day. I
want to read more Mar-

cus Aurelius,
a real man. Our President
thinks life’s a cockfight,

his Amor Fati
is his will to power, lust,
cruelty. Nietzsche.

I want to live this
moment like all the others,
yes to the logos.

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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