NEAR PROVIDENCE 6.9.21

”We seem at home within a whole, and the whole seems our home. And yet we must ask: Is there a God beyond the whole?” God and the Between, 54.

I do a double

take, doubting my eyes. It’s blue-

gray, a tough-looking

heron wading there.

Fast forward into the dark.

Death is quite normal,

we must not resent

it. The heron’s eye sees through

me, a visitor.

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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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