”At the same time that there can be a coming to self in a fuller and fulfilled way, this coming to oneself is in and through the other.” Desmond, 2020, 213.

After arguing

the relativity of

creation as gift,

I walked to the Bay.

The tide was green, the Bay slate

gray, the sky sunless

with one small bright cloud.

My head emptied, cleared, and

I started over.

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.

2 thoughts on “NEAR PROVIDENCE 26.6.21”

  1. This reflection has the zing of surprise and delight of perspective characteristic of the best haiku. It takes the reader through the stages of will, relfection, revelation, and fruitful emptiness characteristic of real, engaged prayer and poetry.


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