”The soul waits quietly in itself as in a nothing, but a nothing which is readiness and expectancy.” William Desmond, G&B 274

My self-image proved

by spring cleaning my place,

I left on the wrong

foot. I walked too fast,

innocent sunbathers on

the breakwater al-

most took my mind off

the indifferent splendid

geese under the trees.

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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