”The fullness, given in other-being, given in self-being, is greeted with a gratitude, newly arriving out of refreshed astonishment.” Desmond, God and the Between, 43.

A single egret

knee-high in the Bay looks out

at the swans feeding.

The individual

of skinny Kierkegaard looks

out at the churches,

bottom-feeders all.

The grace of the egret’s lift-

off/SK’s sentence.

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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