”As we become more adept at contemplation …[l]oneliness is transformed to solitude, and then to a sense of companionship with nonhuman beings; contemplative practice deepens again. Gratitude deepens. The imagination, and with it our availability to what is real, expands.” Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis, by Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky (University of Regina Press, 2018)

In college I learned

people agree with values

they identify

with. At this distance,

with the Earth in extremis,

I pay attention

to the lucky ducks

in the cove; such gratitude

deepens solitude.

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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