“The interplay of likeness and unlikeness is not only between likeness and unlikeness but is an embodiment of the two together—the interplay incarnates the togetherness of likeness and unlikeness and also the absolution of likeness and unlikeness.” Desmond, The Voiding of Being, 68.

I return to the

water’s edge to watch the play

of wave and Spring light.

Soon I’m back with you,

the curtains above your bed

move with our movements,

love’s grasp and gasp. Old

age depends for happiness

on analogies

surging as the light

fades from the wave. I can

go on without you.

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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