People can’t be trust-
ed. They keep going away,
you can count on that.

In Pindar monsters
eventually erupt
from under Aetna,

and it’s not pretty.
Why grieve prophylactical-
ly? Once you’re involved,

seize time by the neck
until it sings. God has no
use for time or song,

so it’s not that. Ex-
haust yourself. Take a nap. You’re
old but not that old.

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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