Cento: On Power

Hill: master of all
humility. Confucius:
fasting of the heart —

in dialogue I
roll these pious bits around
as I avoid wet

branches and puddles.
When power comes up
for those who know not,

a hole in the wall
suggests a room full of light
(vide Chuang Tzu).

Out of the rain, I
find the Master praises song,
the equalizer.

Hill’s unsung spirit
ends as praise, the absolute
atoned with the con-

tingent, good neighbors
all and each the master of
all humility.

The source’s are Geoffrey Hill’s poem “De Anima” and Merton’s version of Chuang Tzu, “The Way of Chuang Tzu,” iv.I.

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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. His blogs include poemswithoutborders.com 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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