Coronavirus XXXIII (encounter)

The boy in my place
overlooking the bay has
a red jacket, dark

jeans, red sneakers. Cool.
The day is brilliant. I
take his point of view.

I want to be him—-
young, full of doubt and hope. True,
being is plural.

I don’t dare breathe on
him. I look my full and leave.
The way of excess.

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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