“To make way for the other is to create an opening for freedom that is not for oneself, though in that opening one is fully there for whatever may eventuate along the way.” William Desmond, quoted by Morisato, Faith and Reason, 124.

I have met others

on my summer rambles through

the estuary.

Village gardeners

wave over their bent shoulders

and beds of iris.

From time to time glints

of ocean shine through the hedges.

Heaven and earth one.

I follow Basho

following Zhuangzi: forget

your self on the way.

I have met others

as I get home: the coolness

in the shuttered house.

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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