III. The Longing to See

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After he told his friends in sadness
the poetry had stopped, he discovered
on his computer the beautiful poems
he once abandoned, staying up
for a whole night in the excitement
of finishing them.This was the way
he began again, learning though his own
failures how the despair of giving up
can open the heart to poetry.

                                                        –Part 3, “Old Poets”

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