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Eugenio Montale

The black and white
flight of swallows rising
and falling in a line
from the telegraph
pole to the sea
does not ease the pain
you feel by the water
nor bring you back
to somewhere
you have left.

— Eugenio Montale, from “VII,” Mottetti: Poems of Love (Graywolf Press, 1990)

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