“Between extremities / Man runs his course.” W. B. Yeats, “Vacillation”

The sound of laughter

over the water, the sound

of sorrow the same.

I slow my pace to

find the source I cannot see—

echoing, a strange

wild civilized fes-

tive sound, sorrow and joy to-

gether. The tears flow.

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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