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  • I have always read with eyes and mind.
    Skimmed and skipped.
    Read for tests.
    Read for information.
    Read ahead to find out.
    But lately I find myself reading anew,
    and in this endeavour curse my pathetic,
    all too American,
    one language, poverty.
    I am afraid,
    Jari and Roberto and so very many others
    that it is I who must apologize.
    This came to me starkly
    when I sat up straight and proud
    having prised a literal meaning
    from a poem posted in French.
    Only to read the translation
    and see how very poor I was.
    So to you who write in other languages,
    I stand
    bowed head and ashamed,
    to say
    I am just now
    beginning to learn
    to read with the heart.
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