Worth

Is it newsworthy
the tyrant dangles the goods,
the masses swoon? One

reads of questing selves—
Odysseus shipwrecked, the home-
stead in extremis.

Crow calls to crow as
evening falls, the world a
mixed bag, but worth it.

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.

2 thoughts on “Worth”

  1. A most interesting poem this, Tom. I followed the dialectic and arrived at the synthesis with some sense of relief, but also concurrence. I especially like the contrast between the souls pictured in the first and second stanzas by the way. Three cheers from over this side of the Atlantic, loud enough for you to hear I hope!

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