To A Philosopher

Does the other now
bear the weight of God? Cavell,
ingenuous man,

wants to know, does not
want to be alone but shrives
the specious present.

Glorious talker!
World condescends to you if
only you’d maintain

silence and not pray
so hard to your silent god.
Grackles grackle shards

of light. World commun-
icates to itself in words
even you can’t know.

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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