Leave it to others
to argue over what god is.
Such knowledge is straw.

Retire, if you can,
to the generosity
of the nameless one.

You will sleep better
in a world where poems are
the Lingua Franca,

an art museum
saturated with the love
gods show for mortals,

though to find my place
in the chiaroscuro
I need some good friends.

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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