Button

Wake to the blinding
morning light of this July
day in Oregon,

recall the blinding
white of the Puritan chap-
el your first wedding

took place in, but then
fast forward to the small place
forty years later—-

a Portsmouth cafe—-
where you tied the knot again.
Human foolishness

(you nervously sewed
a button on your best shirt
while Toby waited)

but good and evil
are not everything, love
makes fools of us all,

transforming us by
its soft wild humbling touch when
it feels we’re ready.

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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