The mystic text ”recalls something that is not a past.” Michel de Certeau

Time is of the essence but ultimately makes a fool of consciousness. Anonymous.

(Work in progress)

The Autumn light off

the water shines, not so I

can see but to be

seen. Just this after-

noon, the whole summer passing

into the past. Now

that I’ve seen it, I’m

on edge, conscious it seems of

origin and end.

The moment passes.

The air darkens and chills. Stars

have my attention.

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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