NEAR PROVIDENCE 2.11.21

”Forget the years; forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!” Chuang Tzu, trans. Burton Watson (Columbia, 1968), 49.

Out of the corner

of my eye in a corner

of the cove, white, e-

rect, motionless, an

egret. A dark November

afternoon lit up;

a lonely walk no

longer pointless. Wandering

makes all things equal,

so says Chuang Tzu.

The egret turns this way and

that, now there, now not.

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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

One thought on “NEAR PROVIDENCE 2.11.21”

  1. Perfect. A quiet beauty.

    On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Metaxyturn Diaries wrote:

    > Tom D’Evelyn posted: ” Out of the corner of my eye in a corner of the > cove, white, e- rect, motionless, an egret. A dark November afternoon lit > up; a lonely walk no longer pointless. Wandering makes all things equal. ” >

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