Near Providence 8/16/20

Cold drizzle in the
middle of August. The Bay
is a shade grayer.

I take off my hat
to it. Girls in cutoffs laugh
behind umbrellas.

I watch them pass. Poor
Holderlin said what pours forth
purely is baffling.

The colorful um-
brellas bob in the dis-
stance and the laughter.

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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