Coronavirus XI

Coronavirus
rules make us keep our distance.
We are all police.

Bobbing in the bay,
ducks feed at the breakwater.
Three schoolgirls sunbathe,

the soft warm hands of
the Spring sun fulfill the hour.
The gods feel nothing,

says Plotinus in
the books in their backpacks warm-
ing on cold granite.

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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