Soul and Body (The Cry)

You place your feet flat
on the cold floor and end up
standing. You are old,

it’s the first day of
the rest of your life. You try
not to think about

it. A little cry
comes from your body as if
to say, Don’t leave me

just yet, you owe me.
We’ll sort out just what you owe—-
it will break the bank.

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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