Waking to a haze
of green outside the window,
I pause for a se-

cond, creating a
void. I went to sleep thinking
about Lent and Palm

Sunday, irony
of triumphalism. All
too human. And now

this delicate wash
of green over everything.
How nature makes fun

of all our projects;
it just happens and if we
notice, we change too.

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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

3 thoughts on “Haze”

  1. Yes: Palm Sunday, all too human; hubris maybe. And Nature making fools of us? Well yes, if we personify it, which is almost an irresistible temptation (but not quite!). Interesting poem Tom; made me think.


    1. Thanks John. As to ‘personification’ I think the taboo has to be revised as we question the univocal self. Surely events in nature may awaken us to our own roots in the material world of nature, snapping us out of our cultural fixes. One way to understand the sublime.


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