”The erotic ascent to the divine which is also a descent into the depths of selving has itself to be purified of a clinging to self that prevents the release towards transcendence as other.” Desmond, G&B, 273.

A youth wandering

in the Sierra sipping

bright snowbank runoff.

First communication

to my solitary self

of earthly good. Now

my attention drawn

to unearthly good, of late

it may be too late,

though watching the ducks

teaches wise passivity

in the estuaries.

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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