Ways

I watch geese waddle
into the bay and wade out, be-
coming blanks in the

blue. A painter of
space, I stare into it un-
til my eyes water.

The Zhuangzi says the
Way is brightness, is stillness,
is emptiness. Take

Basho’s sound-vision:
‘the sea darkens, the voices
of the ducks pale white.’

The maker still loves
things made as they are released
in their own image.

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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