Commute

Sometimes a sleepless
night ends well with solid sleep.
You wake to a patch

of sunlight kindling
on the wall. What time is it?
The self recoils from

this gift of beauty.
Insult adds to injury
as peace calls you back

to bed. You’ve got to
go. Later on the train you’ll
catch up on your sleep.

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.

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