Summer Picnic

So much said in looks
now as the briquets flare up
from lamb and salmon

drippings. Our conver-
sation has produced refresh-
ing silences. ‘More

red? More white? Cognac?’
We have been released each one
in turn to what is

beyond us. Three friends
and a garden barbecue
as night closes in.

With the world void of
gods the laughs we share at the
end glitter like stars.

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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