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On the Nature of Understanding
On the Nature of Understanding
2013

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Each piece in this series is based on a poem by Kay Ryan.

On the Nature of Understanding
by Kay Ryan

Say you hoped to
tame something
wild and stayed
calm and inched up
day by day. Or even
not tame it but
meet it halfway.
Things went along.
You made progress,
understanding
it would be a
lengthy process,
sensing changes
in your hair and
nails. So it’s
strange when it
attacks: you thought
you had a deal.