NEAR PROVIDENCE 13.12.20

If God didn’t make

you, I’d have to invent you.

It’d take forever,

and I don’t have for-

ever. You are the stop sign

at the end of our

street: CHILDREN PLAYING.

You are the water in my tea.

You are my thisness.

Even your absence

goes to show I’m nothing with-

out you or with you.

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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