“…the origin as fertile void, understood as kenotic, because agapeic, the fullness of being …” Desmond, Voiding of Being, 46

I stop by to see

the swan. Spring light graces its

long neck. I’m aware

the swan I see is

different: it’s head

and half its neck plunged beneath

the dark water. Were

I a poet not

a bottom feeder, I would

not feel a thing now.

Sun on the swan’s back—

salt and fresh brimmimg, the cove

is full of goodness.


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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