You say the world is
made of shadows of things you
cannot know, your self

included. You wake
in the cold and make coffee.
You plan your day. Odds

are something will change
your plans. For the moment you
hum a nervous tune.

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.

3 thoughts on “Idealist”

  1. Terrific portrait and reflection on contingent consciousness. Teh final phrase ‘nervous tune’ evokes teh sometimes-painful aspects of self-awareness and the spontaneity and persuasiveness of music. To me this act of making a nervous tune seems to give body to the world of shadow nad the mysterious self as it calls us out of the simply foreclosed self with its fears of simply atomized existence towards the ultimate ground of being. As embodied, it gives body and depth to those shadows and yet shows the transience of world as the music passes and the body and the passage affirm each other.

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