Finesse of Friends

A friend in your life
is a no-big-deal big deal,
return of the full

moon in the window.
Friendship leaves room for dark times.
Try turning lovers

into friends. Tyrants
make bad friends. A waste of your life.
The crumpled faces.

A friend makes light of
your desires, leaves you willing
to face the mirror.

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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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