Silly Thing!

There is no line be-
tween heaven and earth, Mr. Wright.
Even a grass blade
is too much. The owl
in Chuang Tzu hides his dinner–
a decayed squirrel–
when the shadow of
Phoenix passing overhead
darkens his world.
Silly thing! Heaven
appeals to those at home with
not being at home.

— Charles Wright, Littlefoot, #23

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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