Coronavirus XXII

April skies picked clean
by wind and rain now sunshine
and the cries of geese.

Less is more. I saw
her standing there, checking her
phone, bare arms blushing

from the sun’s hard looks.
So raw beauty says fuck you,
Coronavirus,

your melodrama
of leaving. As for distance,
beauty got there first.

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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