Near Providence, June 2020

Just before it rains,
particulars appear cared
for. In the middle

distance the egret
stalks something it can feel in
two feet of water.

The letting of life
is beyond good and evil.
We are as nothing.

Above the big house
overlooking the water,
light and dark change sides.

Kogo kizoku.
Awakening from the high,
return to the low.

Crackle of lightning.
Not far away thousands rage
at arms and The Man.

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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