Before the first clouds
roll in, the streets around here
shine with a misty

crust — broken glass but
there’s been no accident. “Look,
don’t think.” We have no

word for this. It’s Spring
and early and about to
rain. This happens here.

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.

4 thoughts on “First”

  1. The wonderfully tense and slightly menacing atmosphere built from a succession of images of shimmering engages the reader in the process of becoming actively aware without reducing and abstracting this awareness to concepts. (Look without thinking.) This awareness moves us past the brain’s scheming and analysing towards the heart’s integrated wisdom.


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