Unborn Haiku

The world shows me how
small minded I am. Typhoon
Hagabis, 100-

miles-an-hour winds strikes
Japan. Can I hold that in
my mind? One minute?

Yet I am asked to
avoid metaphysics. Like
the idea of beauty.

It too blows my mind—-
not the idea only the thing
of it. Turning the

corner towards the
setting sun the bay shimmers
as within my reach.

I think of Thom Gunn
testing his limits in love—-
the unborn haiku.

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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