Nothing Apocalyptic

Wildfires to windward,
and the crows fly into the
smoke sunlight-diffused

under the roof beams
of our imagined Heaven.
I lose track of them,

eyes stinging. No need
for apocalyptics, Earth
a gift slipping from

our grasp. Never was
in our grasp. Unbearable
clear-eyed Nirvana.

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.

One thought on “Nothing Apocalyptic”

  1. Bracing and austerely beautiful arcs of image-logic here lead the reader towards a full and open vision of reality in its tensions of human tyrany and divine giftedness.


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