”To what is universal in the intimacy—the love of God of finitude, a love beyond all finitude. … The transcending can be from the superiority of the transpersonal to the interiority of the personal.” Desmond, GODSENDS (2021), 173.


Now my ears compose

a world of resonance as

my once bright eyes dim.

A dead leaf crosses

my path, scribbling madly

as it’s blown away.

I hear the deep sigh

of the tide returning to

the vast Atlantic.

My old eyes give way

to a less particular, no

less personal world.

Night. The cat’s purring,

sometimes the scream of a gull.

To the edge of dawn.

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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