”…there is a beautiful delicacy of ontological fineness about finite being; it is, and might not have been, but it is, and that is extraordinary.” G&B 133

Today, only days

since people died — over a

hundred and counting—

from torrential rains,

bright clouds brim the cove and ducks

glide between them.

August restores pro-

portions for now. Beauty be-

trays contingency.

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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