The Sense of Ending

After his journey
to the deep north, Basho stayed
at Unreal Dwelling.

Belonging neither
to dawn nor dusk, a melon
blossom held his at-

tention. When I
reach the water’s edge, I hope
ducks are there—-beady

eyes, low conversa-
tion. My sense of ending in-
volves me with others.

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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