“… if our telos and our heart’s desire were, per impossibile, ever to be realized, then it could only happen outwith anything we could recognize as the horizon of the real, and as the effect of something given to us, not something we could bring about. But by constructing and cleaving to that ’language’, it also testifies there is such an elsewhere …” Stephen Mulhall, The Great Riddle, 113.

Words like true and good

lack homes in the world of things.

Compare light and cloud

shining in the cove

water on a bright winter

day. Light and cloud shine

in the icy cove,

the blue of the sky at home

in the quiet space

shared by light and cloud.

For now the cove is home to

the true and the good.

The gap in the ice

is a space where truth and good

shine forth: God’s eye,

if you will. In time

the ice reclaims the space and

we wander away.

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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