“Poetry can do that much and no more.” Czeslaw Milosz

Low tide leaves yellow

pollen drying in the mud

of the cove. High tide

returns the shimmer.

But today, Memorial

Day, grief deepens the

insight. Our wars waste

what restores the human flower,

the no-self’s power.

Today, pollen in

the air, in the water, O

man’s crude cruelty.

Yet further away,

a mute swan doubled by light

summer clouds piled high.

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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