The Power of Let

As a newcomer
in old age to these green parts
it’s with disbelief

I confess: power
in the last dimension is
the power of let.

Not quite forgiveness,
what I sense in the rain-washed
Pacific breezes

is old Rabelais’
“do what you will”; but the will
has relaxed into

gratitude. One more
rain-polished day, the “let be”
of a kinder god.

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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