”We want to walk so we need friction. Back to the rough ground.” Wittgenstein

It’s Fall. Public Works

has torn up the sidewalk I

had made into Way.

Yellow ribbons, holes,

sawhorses where daffodils

flourished all summer.

Jackhammers pounding

concrete into dust. I stum-

ble on haiku bits.

Life is tough, the Way

is not. Myopic, lame, I’m

back on the rough ground.

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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