Work Song

In light of first light
domesticities — like scrub-
bing, sweeping, dusting —

may be mindfully
done. In our patience a shape
takes shape, shapeless, not

an image, say a
second light doubling the first,
opening the space.

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 “Work Song”

  1. I love this (as I have loved oh-so many in the past half dozen months)9. Bravo, Tom.

    Jenifer Endicott Emley Coordinator Center for Environment & Society #101 210 South Cross Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620 410.810.8405 direct line ________________________________


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