Another Cricket

It seems each time I
return home in the dark there’s
another cricket

in the hedge. Summer
wanes and the urgency grows.
The sudden coolness

of contingency
reveals the shadow of the
nothingness we share.

It sheds joy, this sense
of origin, the salt taste
of this sheer onceness.

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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