“Would it be correct to say our concepts reflect our life?
They stand in the middle of it.” Wittgenstein, Remarks on Color III 302

It seems unlikely

but cresting, crusting Bay waves

once again roll in.

Last time seemed the first

and last time that Spring prevailed

over the world’s weight.

Ducks flap over ice-

edges and keep their balance.

Nothing comes to mind

like this. I awake

to what is other to thought

and the death of thought.

What I don’t know gives

me a lift as I let go

of my mind’s deep flow.

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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