“… we are given to be before we give ourselves to be.” Desmond G&B 21

The far-away look

on the clouds above the waves

coming toward us,

as soon withdrawing.

Man is the measure, it’s said.

Tell that to the clouds.

We are and are not

a part of this world, though we

think we think the whole.

The whole is the gift

of beauty. Just look.

You’ll shake with cold and in time

beauty will shake you.

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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