“To be in the wrong with respect to the truth is not sufficiently to articulate a difference, or a relationship between differences.” Catherine Pickstock, Aspects of Truth (Cambridge, 2020) 239.

The front steps ice-free,

I descend without trembling.

The thaw brings you back

Bill, and my grief. We

talked too much about God in

those last days. But now,

in this raw, bright air,

you break the silence and ask

to see some ducks. Of

course! One’s perspective

turns green to bright emerald—

who needs God-talk now.

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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