Is That the Grass

Rise early to give
the grass a drink in summer,
my father told me.

Innocent times. Though
I do it still, it’s hotter
now, water scarcer,

the grass less giving.
Yet some hot mornings even
the brown spots sparkle

with dew. Humans, do
what you must, but while you sleep
things keep happening.

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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