Simone Weil

I can say in quotes
what I can’t say by myself.
‘The sin in me says

I.’ I gag on that.
I can just stand to quote it.
Is contemplation

the real afterlife?
I see her pale face, her kind
austere smile. You say

it for me, for us.
You, Simone Weil, still uncon-
verted, pray for us.

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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