“Complete attention is like unconsciousness.” Simone Weil, quoted in Kotva, Effort and Grace, p. 140


A room at the top

of a hill overlooking

the bay, which changes

color. Trees awash

in change. From this height I am

open to change. Still,

above all this, that

emptiness awaiting words

that need not change. That

fertile Nothingness

grounds my love and myself in

change, eternal change.

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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