”Beauty is the supreme mystery here below. It is a radiance that entices attention, but does not give it any motive for enduring.” Simone Weil, “What is Sacred in Every Human Being?”

I fell into a

rhythm half way through the walk,

forgot the pain in

my foot, the soreness

of my eyes. What broke the spell

of this fine May day

was the sudden flight

of an egret across the

cove, that strange feeling.

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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