Soon the sun will set
later and later, Winter’s
darkness decreasing

as temperatures
drop. If it’s not one damn thing
it’s another. Hope

springs in Spring, it seems.
Last year’s Advent Calendar
told you another

story. May as well
pour a cup of tea and try
to write a haiku.

When you let the dog
out to piss and roll in the
snow, see the beauty

in the yellow hole
on the whiteness where the dog
did his business.

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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