Outside Providence XXII (cormorant)

How deep, how many
dives did it take you to reach
this cove, this mooring?

Your wings akimbo,
you stand stock still in the sun.
The ducks ignore you.

Scientists agree
making the sign of the cross
has many meanings.

From the beginning
poets have watched your absence
in the living flow.

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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