The Wind Chime

Grief has a good ear
for disembodied voices. I’d
know yours anywhere.

It’s been two years now,
and only now your laughter
is like thin wind chimes

in the night breeze off
Narragansett Bay. I know
it’s the neighbor’s chime

as it fades, repeats,
fades. But the break has happened
and I laugh along.

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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