To the Mockingbird

May as well relax.
You will never name them all,
the birds whose songs blend

in such rare confu-
sion now that it’s Spring. Threshold
and horizon, be-

yond naming, music
of the soul if soul is both
empty and full. I

think the mockingbird
is the one for me. It does
each bird and then some.

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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