Like a Whale Song

For a life-time it
seems I’ve let the twists-and-turns
of verse overwhelm,

flood my memory.
Now, old, dozing in the sun,
my memory thin,

I observe pale shapes
move, and between them hear time-
less conversations.

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 “Like a Whale Song”

  1. Yikes, what a beautiful poem! The pale shapes float around us as memory thins and we doze in the sun. And those conversations. Dear Lord. Thank you for a poem, among so many lately, that mean something, that understand and comfort the soul, especially the old soul as it contemplates it all.


  2. lovely, somber reflection which elicits for me the bittersweet gratitude and longing for those times showing off a new poem, afraid of suggestions for editing, yet knowing they would be spot-on. THanks for giving me a love of poetry, words, art, which I can now see our children delighting in. Happy Easter!


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