Death the Distraction

Overcast and hot,
the final week before school;
girls in tank tops and

cutoffs awkwardly
embrace. Reunion. The
tea shop overflows

with distractions. I
am a man of words without
any on this an-

niversary of
her death. I stare unseeing.
No heaven received

her: her vivid self
passed into the distinctly
indistinct being

we call God, Being.
Knowing this distracts me from
getting distracted.

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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