”We cannot get up in the morning and will love.

But we can get up in the morning and will attitudes that dispose us to love.

Postures of openness, of attention.”

Jan Zwicky, Alkibiades’ Love, p. 283.

The reason I walk

to the cove and back each day

is irrational.

Not to stretch my limbs,

or see new varieties

of birds or empty

my brain of data.

These fine things sometimes happen

without me trying.

The reason I walk

is why I write poems: I

like to be surprised.

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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