Just one of those days—

not enough water at low

tide to float the ducks.

The horizon draws

the eye beyond desire to

the edge of elsewhere.

The distance erupts

with the tremulous outcries

of geese taking off.

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.

One thought on “NEAR PROVIDENCE 28.4.21”

  1. Tom,This morning, on the way to drop Mimi at PreK, I thought of you, our connection, when wind turned the spring green backs of leaves to me as I drove beneath them. I’m so grateful for your constancy and feel that somehow, it links us eternally through the simple dailiness of glancing out and upward even if only for a moment. KarenHer ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Proverbs, 3. 17


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