Summer Song by the Ocean

“Our horses winnied to each other at parting.”—Li Po

Voices cross the bay.

Duck voices, boat people, waves—

all carried by wind.

It could be any

time of year, but it’s summer,

and you are away.

The empty- fulness

of this day leaves plenty of

room for a love song.

Summer friends stop by

but I’m not there, I’m here with

you by the ocean.

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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