”The importance of prayer is to demonstrate one’s attentiveness to the status of its own finitude.” Takeshi Morisato, Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy, Bloomsbury, p. 172.

I may not be re-

ligious but there are times

prayer stops me cold.

Like the resonance

of Basho’s elsewhere cuckoo.

In the overcast,

the green fire of a mallard

from the dark water.

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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