Who was the I who

did not recognize my friend’s

face on his return?

I searched that face for

hints there in the happy home-

coming crowd. August.

My summer travels

were not the kind you come back

from and talk about.

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 9.8.21”

  1. Good morning Tom. Sometimes it seems we have no choice but to travel and to keep travelling; that’s what we are: Travellers. Keep trekking on, and keep writing. All the best, John


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