Over the empty

foothills clouds shed luminous

shadows of rainfall


as a boy I played

in the bright dry Kern River

alone and happy


in desert silence

songs of unnameable birds

communicate care



Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR 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.

2 thoughts on “Idyll”

  1. Nicely done, Tom!


    Jenifer Endicott Emley


    Center for Environment & Society

    C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience

    Custom House

    101 South Water Street

    Chestertown, Maryland

    410.810-7161 direct line



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