”…[to] very few minds is granted the discovery that things and beings exist.” Simone Weil, quoted by Simone Kotva in Effort and Grace, 154

An egret leaping.

Putting on quite a show, said

a voice behind me.

I suppose only

mystics see through the show. This

egret, hovering,

trailing its legs in

the water, hoisting its wings,

is being being.

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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