At the bus stop youth
gather this snowmelt morning:
beanies, skinny jeans,

ripped trucker jackets.
Unisex. Constant motion.
They almost miss the

bus as it pulls out.
Next stop Providence. I will
never understand

death, radiant youth,
or what held them in this mo-
ment of happiness.

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 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.

One thought on “Happiness”

  1. That’s beautiful Tom: delicate and precise as always. You’ve captured their movement too, the uncontainable energy of youth – plus at the last moment the almost-missing of the bus! Then at the last moment your own poem leaps on a different bus altogether.


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