The Girl on the Lawn

I turn the corner
to where you can sit and look
at the bay. Hardly

a soul. The virus
keeps us at home. The sun shines.
One girl, blonde hair in

her face, sits cross-legged,
cradling a school notebook; her
head casts a shadow.

I am old. The girl’s
brilliant concentration
makes me want to sing.

This last stanza came to be when Geraldine Clarkson said she really liked an earlier ending and liked this version. Here’s the one it can replace:

What community
gives way on the grass as she
is given to be?

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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