Cat Wang on Perfectionism

Master is hung up
on ‘the’ in the phrase ‘the Way.’
It troubles his sleep

and mine. The duvet
twisted around him, he tries
to forget the Way.

In the morning I
sit in front of my bowl but
he goes back to bed.

I leave some vomit
for him to clean up. We reach
high by bending low.

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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