In Praise of John Donne

photo: S M Chen

“… send not to know

For whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee.”

  • John Donne, English poet. Meditations XVII. Devotions on Emergent Occasions. 1624.

As I returned a forceful first serve from an opponent on the tennis court at which I am fortunate to still play during this pandemic, I heard an unusual sound — a thwack — from my racquet and knew…

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