Fly

Light oozes from a
split peach in the still life by
an old master who

added a blue-green
fly. Uncanny, we say. What
a difference, we say.

The fly splits open
our contentment, our finite
world now infinite,

we say. We know what
to say. The peach and fly keep
the master’s silence.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR 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.

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