The life of effort disappears behind the life of grace, of passivity. Simone Kotva on Simone Weil, EFFORT AND GRACE 162

Civil daffodils

droop from neat high street planters,

nod in August heat.

Their yellow has paled.

Only my passive, vagrant

eye pauses to look.

I stand abstracted

from the uncivil traffic

by the flow of time.

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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