”The spirit of truthfulness shows an engaged and enacting promise of being true…” Desmond G&B 322

In the evening dew,

a robin hops this way and

that as it grows dark.

In the cafe, I

could not think over the crowd.

I held still but still

no verses stirred in

my blood. Now it’s dark, the bird

gone, I should go home.

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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