Coronavirus XXIII

Just another day
of this damn pandemic. Down
by the breakwater

two girls are chatting,
obediently spaced out
on the rocks. Between

their voices the grave
sound of the tide. You wonder
how many will die

today, but stop as
their words rise above the care-
full space between them.

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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