NEAR PROVIDENCE 7.1.21

Your blue-black cold weight

buoys the crumpling waves and

the drifting swan, the

sun-seeking cord grass.

You bear my gaze and indulge

my speculations.

You do not mind that

your weight anchors my sense of

self, my empty self.

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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