Root

Joy may be waiting,
but for whom? Don’t you wait too.
The after-Christmas

lull has more in store.
Lower your expectations.
Your server tonight

took infinite pains
with his makeup. Praise him for
that. To his face. Praise

makes joy possible
or not. It doesn’t matter.
Pleasure is the root.

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.

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