Today I affect
the stillness of stone as the
voices rise and fall

in the coffee house.
I read: “Radiant atone-
ness outside itself

for what is other.”
That’s good (God) but today I’m
just me at a turn-

ing point in my life.
Next Saturday God will be
God in Rhode Island.

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.

2 thoughts on “Saturday”

  1. The poem’s monumentum gathers through the poet’s self-dramatization to culminate in the view of the future and the sweep across future landscapes. The poem comes to a resolution that opens the reader to what lies beyond the poem, the poet, and the reader – the plenitude of the source of reality. The poem has a feeling of inevitable yet surprising motion and finally lift.


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