NEAR PROVIDENCE 24.1.22

”To forget things and forget Heaven is called a forgetter of self. One who has forgotten one’s self can be said to have entered Heaven.” The Zhuangzi, quoted by Pipei Qiu, Basho and the Dao, 148.

I know little of

ducks but that doesn’t matter.

I watch them closely.

Being myopic,

I see their passivity,

non-action, shimmer

in the icy mix.

Just standing here is my way.

Ducks show forth the Dao.

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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 tom.develyn@comcast.net. 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 http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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