Esti: It is. This, Parmenides says, this alone is left for us to say. (Frag. 8, 1–2).” Desmond, God and the Between, 55.


Addressed too much by

the egret up to its knees

in the dark water,

the thinker doubts him-

self. If that exists,

I’m a minor premise! Yet,

the egret steadies

the horizon, flies

away. Where it was, the light—

that (Parmenides);

there’s the glossy mane

of the mares who brought him where

ESTI resonates.


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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