Outside Providence XXIII (Clouds)

Above the bay, clouds
make an ocean of the sky.
There is more to life.

In his West Tower,
Li Po, sicker and sicker,
stuck to what he knew.

empties grand apartments and
small hell holes alike.

The mind compares great
things to itself, ignoring
God beyond the whole.

None can think being
away nor call it by name.
Clouds —- the next best thing.

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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