”In lyric awareness, we don’t know at arm’s length, we know as part of a larger whole.” Jan Zwicky, The Experience of Meaning, 163.

I see you walking

your dog. Your dog walks you, too.

When I say walk, I

mean wander under

the sky as I versify.

It’s just what happens.

My dog (my soul) counts

the steps we take, notes changes

in the light, sings with

the gulls out at sea,

turns us toward home. My dog

demands to be walked.

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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