I heard it before

I saw it, two swans rising

into the gray, a

rush, a gush of air

as the great white wings spread out

and up and down and

up, water falling.

I had been missing you and

for a time the void

of your death filled with

tremendous white confusion

in the empty cove.

And that arrest keeps

me moving through the winter’s

dark, open spaces.

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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