The Bed

What’s love got to do
with it? I wake up on the
right side of the bed

in which I sleep a-
lone. The emptiness is whole,
half-light promising.

I dream a little
of past loves. This very bed
complained woodenly.

‘It bears / Its forebears’
I pray from my own psalter,
God and the Between.

A religion of
love? That would be mostly hope.
Hope is appealing.

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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