It is Boxing Day.
Though we have forgotten our
needy, the snow is

on the ground, the air
above it empty but for
the black cries of crows.

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 “Charity”

  1. The aural-visual image of crows bacl against the white sky-land of snow bring to life for the reader the categorical difference between nature and culture. Yet the poem’s framing viewpoint and the open sky suggesting the ontological difference seem to give the poetic whole a porous boundary delineated by human being and God. So teh poem’s situation in time–Boxing Day nad hte feast of St Stephen–call to mind the practises of ritualised selflessness we have forgotten yet perhaps the very poem itself as it moves the reader through imaginative time can be an occasion of transposed ritualised selflessness occasioning furhter echoes of selfless action. With the new calendar year almost upon us, wintry cold holding sway over the northern hemisphere, and solstice just past, the time is ripe!


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