Coronavirus LII (origins)

Cloud watching by the
bay, the waves light and dark as
the wind shifts the clouds.

Memory is all—-
and affection. Each love, per-
plexing, transcending.

Without perfection
in the beginning, none at
the end. Our sweats mix,

our limbs melt in ec-
stasy. An old man watching
clouds beside himself.

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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