”On its own grounds—the contextless, arm’s length discourse of rational analysis—skepticism is indefeasible. But gestalt experience shows those grounds to be incomplete. This—thisness, this haecceity—is real; that’s the most obvious thing about it. That’s why we have to change our lives.” Jan Zwicky, The Experience of Meaning, 166.

The old goose couple

honked loudly, demanding

charity. ”I’m not

the one you want,” I

said, guiltily. She is not

here; I’m passing through.”

Their orange bits shown

in the winter sun. My white

face blushed for shame. We

depend on others.

Their glares touched my stupid heart.

I waited with them.

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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