”Why should not providence also mean God…the compassionate companion?” Desmond, G&B 303, fn 11

Yes, I’ve been to Pro-

vidence, sought my fortune there.

And since then, elsewhere.

Retired down river,

I watch egrets under the

piers, stalking dinner.

Stark white they double

like ampersand in the shal-

low shadows I watch.

And so Providence

fulfills its promise, becom-

ing nothing for me.

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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