On the Way to Work

A scattering of
doves whistling away from the
early morning path.

Where do they go? Some
land in gardens, some in the
street. Paths everywhere.

I suddenly see:
God’s absence may be God’s way.
They flee in panic

from the path I take,
their cries equivocities
of fear and delight,

and settle for what’s
there. This happens every
time I leave for work.

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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