One Shot

You say you’re retired,
sip a latte at Bagel
Express while reading

Mahon, Montaigne, Tu
Fu among the regulars.
The leaves are leaving—-

Indian Summer
is not the word one requires.
Two-sided sunshine, the

glare soft with a cold
edge. Intimations not of
death but of the source,

my one shot to be.
Death a distraction. Gifts un-
earned, unreturnable.

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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