“Once the single individual realizes its finitude through its genuine self-criticism, it comes to realize its ground in what is other to itself.” Takeshi Morisato, Faith and Reason, 165.

The old Greylag Goose

couple loll in the Spring sun.

They own the boathouse.

Before your death, I

imagined us growing old,

inseparable, gray

if not white, like them.

Relatively simple lives

got complicated.

Now my life, simple

like theirs, has those rare moments

shared by animals.

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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