“What has to be accepted, the given, is — so one could say — forms of life.” Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 226.

You’re light on my arm

today. Wind-blown clouds, sparkling

water—we meet there too.

We met late in life.

On breezy, light-filled Spring days

we’d take a walk. Rome

or Bath proposed perfection.

At home such perfect

days proposed Bath or

Rome. You’d lean on me, and now

I’m in Bath or Rome.

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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