How broad the space between the stars! But how much greater the distance
Between the things around us, from which we learn!
Someone, for instance a child, Ö and another one next to him-,
How unspeakably remote from one another!
Fate measures us perhaps with the breadth of being,
Which is strange to us;
Just think how much distance there is between a girl and a man
When she is avoiding him or thinking of him.
Everything is distant -, and the circle never closes anywhere.
Look at the odd face of the fish staring out of its dish
On the cheerfully laid table.
Fish donít speak. Ö Or at least so we believe. Who knows?
But is there perhaps somewhere at the farthest limits where we
Might speak what the fish would have said, but without them?
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