The Give in Forgiveness

Which comes first, the dance
or the song? The poem sways,
I sway, it sings, I

sing along. For my
part I participate in
ecstasy. Ask me

no questions, hear no
lies. I often fall short, off-
key, with two right feet.

The difference mat-
ters as lovers’ forgiveness
perfects their love.

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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