Near Providence 8/23/20 (Han Yu)

The cormorant’s back

on the floating deck in the

cove.  Soaking up late

summer sun after

a deep dive. I break into

song, whistling through mis-

sing teeth. Han Yu’s verse

about losing teeth in old

age quotes Zhuangzi on

joy’s relativity.

Whistling while you praise noble

things is a good thing.


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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