Each time I get up

to pee, I open the window:

flakes drift through lamplight.

Today it was clear

and the iridescent ducks

shone in the dark cove.

Poverty and old

age have made things plain to me.

Beauty is for free.

And, Lao Tzu was right:

you pick a fight, and win big,

your winnings crush you.

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.

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