“The ontology of THISNESS, of ontological attention and address, has the character of metaphor: its object is, and is not, everything.” Jan Zwicky, Wisdom and Metaphor, #55 LH

Heading home ahead

of the nor’easter— the ocean

up to its old tricks.

I lean into the

wind; the swans face into it,

grunting. Such Stoics.

I left the pub as

the old timers got going,

clouding the windows.

Saturation, drop-

lets: what the ocean lacks in

thisness keeps showing.

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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