Beauty Survives Sex

Kickass Gen Z black
leather and echo of boots
on the tearoom tiles.

In Natty Bumppo
sneakers I dance in my chair
to her boots’ tatoo.

It’s cold out there and
I see only colors out
the steamy windows.

Appearances count
more in old age as opposed
to moralities.

Beauty survives sex.
I’d like to be known for that
maxim. Time-server

that I am. Restless,
too, as change-charged Eros shapes
every present.

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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