NEAR PROVIDENCE 17.10.21

If I keep naming

the waterfowl as I walk,

they are the constant

ones. Peaceful ducks, swans

always feeding the beauty

that is their burden.

Now that it’s Fall and

brilliant leaves choke the gutters,

trees talk to the sky

candidly, freely.

It’s just me and the birds now.

People turn inward.

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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