Sitting in Stumptown
like a stump in rain and sun-
shine’s inner weather,

I recall Heaney
at his parents’ deathbed, me
at Toby’s deathbed,

‘more conscious of what
spirit meant,’ less conscious of
anything I’d meant.

Heaney went on to
write about being roofless,
or roofless being,

and quotes Maritain
on will and action: poems
lack will unless will

means pure potential
or spirit? More and more con-
scious of that now.

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.

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