Adjectives Adjust the Hours

On waking, sunlight
and the clock’s dragging of hands
in yesterday’s flow.
My body resists
DST’s official now.
I stumble into
a poem — its time,
its flow, its light, which is dark,
intimate, strange, kind.

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.

2 thoughts on “Adjectives Adjust the Hours”

  1. That beautiful resolution and transcendence in the last lines helps us resee the tensions of time–finitude, mortality, change –in the first lines’ rendering of consciousness and half-consciousness. I also felt drawn through the drama of moving from mind supposedly masterful to an integrated but open whole of being.


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