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This poem is taken from PN Review 36, Volume 10 Number 4, March - April 1984.

Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son Dick Davis
Age instinct with wisdom, love, bends towards
The sensual man, the penitent, and clasps
Him lightly by the shoulder-blades. In rags
The latter kneels and rests his close-cropped head
Against the Father's chest. Some watch, and one,
Whose face is lit, old as the Father, looks
With unobserved compassion at the scene.

His comprehension is the artist's own:
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