Thinking with Julian of Norwich

If writing, as we
like to say, is a journey,
it’s also unfin-

ishable. Above
the mountain shines the first star.
At our feet a stream

of snow melt gurgles.
My memory is a blank
after that. If that

star really does shine,
the stream sing through the colder
dark, then all is well.

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 “Thinking with Julian of Norwich”

  1. It’s one helluva a journey. Thank you for this poem which also points me to Julian of Norwich and the comforts of mysticism.


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