The New Well

Today the trees thrash
in the thick Spring sunshine, light
both subject and med-

ium. On soft sum-
mer nights my dad would take me
to see a new well.

The heavens above
it were blank of stars, the noise
and glare enormous.

Oil rules the world. Big
oil broke him. Wars, rumors of wars.
Out of the void, light.


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 “The New Well”

  1. This is a fine exploration of light – fine in detail but also fluid with finesse. It escapes the dualism of light and darkness, evil and good, and uses the tension of imagery to help the reader enter the vision of good beyond evil despite evil’s presence. THe poet–and the reader seeing the poem through the poet’s voice–enters the meories of childhood and the reflections of old age which give the poem a many-angled perspective and thus a kind of full-bodiedness that helps me understand how the poem stays iwth me long after I have read and reread it. Wonderful (maybe in the sense of ‘It’s a Miracle’ by Queen). Thank you.


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