Only rarely do I read a paragraph in fiction that strikes me as so good that I must have it, that it rises to the level of poetry. One such excerpt comes from A Soldier of the Great War, by the gifted Mark Helprin --
. . . for soldiers
who have been blooded are soldiers forever. They never fit in. Even when they finally
settle down, the settling is tenuous, for when they close their eyes
they see their comrades who have fallen. That they cannot forget, that
they do not forget, that they never allow themselves to heal
completely, is their way of expressing their love for friends who have
perished. And they will not change, because they have become what they
have become to keep the fallen alive.
Love and Yearning is the title of a recently-closed exhibition of Persian manuscripts at the Freer & Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian. Although now closed, the exhibition fortunately lives on in the interactive material created for the website. To find this online component, go about one-quarter of the way down this page to the section titled "Love and Yearning." Then click on the link at the bottom of the description.