”The life of effort disappears behind the life of grace, of passivity. Quickly there is very little left except grace and passivity.” Simone Kotva, Effort and Grace

As one grows older

and autumn more cruel, the

egret’s flight down from

the trees to the cove

weighs more on the mind. Today

the sweep of it, and

the gritty song — e-

gret, gret, gret— had no regret

in it, only self

self self— say the gift

of being just this bird be-

tween heaven and earth.

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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