“To ’get it,’ to understand, is to experience meaning. It is to be able to go on.” Jan Zwicky, Wisdom and Metaphor, #84.

With a wild exchange

the gulls leave the water and

rise in white silence.

It’s spring, this happens,

but never before had I

grasped the words of the

birds about to leave.

Immersed in the silence I

repeat: Time to go.

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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