”Seeking God cannot be by way of merely negating finite being; it must be by way of the surpluses of finite being.” Desmond, G&B 45

A gull tiptoes in

the mud of low tide, keening.

The day, overcast

and hot, itself seems

to keen in concert with it.

I wade in and feel

the cold mud between

my toes. The keen joy of some-

thing elemental.

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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