NEAR PROVIDENCE 7.1.22

The cove after snow

had polished the light and left

the sky, met my eye

with a candid stare.

I had to look more than once

for duck one to show

making no waves; duck

two, I had to squint to see

sitting still on a post

where a boat should be

tied up. To pay attention

is a form of love.

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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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