NEAR PROVIDENCE 22.9.21

There are days walking

makes up for not doing what

you know must be done.

Every fallen

leaf, whichever way the wind

blows, wants attention.

But not now, maybe

not this year. You stretch your legs.

Body and breath, heart

and soul, quietly

embrace you for being you

as you start to sweat.

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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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