Near Providence 8/15/20 “The Floating Deck”


Basho’s karumi,
the lightness of his late style,
breaking heaviness

of heart. In the cove,
August sunlight luminous
in itself. A few ducks,

a cormorant pro-
filed on the floating deck, wings
shut. Nothing moves ex-

cept my heart, moved by
the freedom of forgetting,
which is the Dao’s way.

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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