Goethe: ”words strive in vain to bring to life the forms we see.” quoted by Zwicky in The Experience of Meaning, 19.

If I break down in

tears, it’s not that I mean to.

The song’s meaning rocks.

A sign of old age,

or a sign that the meaning

has crossed the threshold

and gotten to me.

I’ve tried, in youth, in old age,

to sing a good song.

I’ve been woken as

by moonlight with the whole thing

fading on the wall.

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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