Credulous I buy
a pocket calendar for
next year. Who tries to

fill empty pages?
My friends light Advent candles—-
one for the Last Days—-

gingerly, lovingly.
I watch fellow pedestrians
slip on the ice and

catch themselves, in awe;
the body resets its sense
of up and down. Ec-

stacy happens. I
see them later having tea
and checking their phones.

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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