Sunlight on icy
ways, every way closed to
passage. Stay at home,

they warn, if you can.
Read hard books in a sunny
nook, and in the glare

contemplate evil,
radical, uncreated,
but real just the same.

If you trust yourself
to go out you will fall, most
likely, not to rise.

Don’t blame creation.
From a distance, the world of
ice is, well, sublime.

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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