“There is at the bottom of every human heart something that goes on expecting, from infancy to the grave, that good and not evil will be done to us, despite the experience of crimes committed, suffered, and observed.” Simone Weil ”What is Sacred in Every Human Being”

We talk loosely of

the death of God or history.

We talk of the death

of mother and child

killed by Russian mortar rounds.

Snow falls on Ukraine,

falls on Rhode Island.

There are not words enough to

cover the difference.

No heat, no water,

no help on the way, to give

one’s last breath to snow.

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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