”Evagrius of Pontus encouraged his monks to learn from nature by means of contemplation…” Simone Kotva, Effort and Grace, 175.

Living by the Bay,

I’m used to noting how things

repeat themselves. How

high follows low tide,

how winds chill warm days, how e-

grets slow moonwalk through

the same shallows. But

in such things sometimes passes

the very divine.

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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