Civil War cont. Ro-
ger Williams built a wall here
between Church and State.

His peers: Coke, Milton.
Time wears down the good we do.
Wilderness returns.

Call it beautiful
this wall to wall wind and rain,
this perfect howl of

a nor’easter. No
way to get a word in edge-
wise. You behold it

from a peace passing
understanding, a still small
voice that stays your will.

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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