Yes this singular
peony in my neighbor’s
garden opens a

space as I gaze at it this
wet Spring day. Just say-

ing, it seems to say.
I know there’s more to say but
silence is fitting.

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 “Say”

  1. What is so nice here is the poet listening to the flower as well as seeing it, the synesthesia of that communicative space. Some of your poems, like this one, invite the reader to share in the fun.


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