Myth of Being

Muggy night. The moon
follows you indoors. You can’t
get comfortable.

You can’t concentrate.
You try thinking about the
problem of being,

the poverty of
the question just enough to
hold your attention.

In your despair a
cold wind enters the room and
Parmenides’s

shining girl-driven
chariot carries you to
where being and think-

ing are one. The moon-
light fills the room when you turn
out the lights and sleep.

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 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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