I mistook a friend’s

name, got over the shame by

watching the water

of the bay move light

up and down, in and out, out

to the horizon.

My friend forgives me.

May light flows with ease, even

death loses its shame.

Think of George Floyd. That

cop who kept him from drawing

breath, shamed him to death.

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 7.5.21”

  1. Fine. Unreflected light, invisible, makes its appearance beautifully on the bay and in the last line. Focus on the adverb! — Paul


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