“…the ‘infinite reserve’ of divine nothingness as the transcendent ground of all things…” Takeshi Morisato, Faith and Reason, 168


Why I take these walks

is not at all clear to me

on overcast spring

days. I have to wait

a long time in the drizzle

for the difference

between the waves and

the ducks to appear, but when

it does, gray is not

gray. Nothingness is

nothing but makes room for this—

waves, ducks, gray poets

who, among others,

companion me on my re-

turns to these spaces.

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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