Clam Cakes

And what is love? Two
years after our final sep-
aration (O Death,

you are not nothing),
the question’s academic,

On late summer days
like this we’d drive to the shore
for clam cakes. We’d eat

in silence, listen
to the waves come in and out,
a gently aging

couple doing what
always pleased at this point in
the fullness of time.

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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