NEAR PROVIDENCE 18.12.21

Eventually,

we all must go out into

it, the freezing rain,

the frozen drizzle.

It’s like being spat on for

getting on with life.

We become aware

how feeble the will is: we

flail to stay upright.

The old goose couple

stares at me and steadies me

from the dark water.

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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