”I recall Aristotle’s claim that a solitary human would be no human but either a beast or a god.” Desmond, GODSENDS (2021), 119.

My heart lifted me

so I could see the one duck

in the cove just then.

The only one out

there. The glare was too much but

my heart said hello

before I could think.

I could see it between piers

and boats, boats and piers.

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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