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Well, that's an interesting way for things to end...

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Mar. 14th, 2007 | 06:37 pm
music: Guitar Hero II

Erich Kästner is a man who, I think, understood far more about life than most people. Even if he didn't, though, this poem is a wonderful piece that my shoddy translation doesn't do justice to; and one that captures how I feel right now almost perfectly.

After they had known each other for nine years
(and one could say they knew themselves well)
they lost their love
the way other people lost their shoes, or a hat

They were sad, but acted happy
dabbled in kisses, as if nothing was wrong
and they saw themselves and knew no more.
There she cried; and he stood thereby.

From the window you could see the ships sailing
He said that it was quarter after four
and time to go somewhere for some coffee.
Nearby, someone played piano.

They went in a small café on the street
and stirred their cups.
In the evening they still sat there.
They sat alone, and said nothing
and they could not understand it.

It's too bad things went this way, but I suppose that's the luck of the draw. I'm not angry, not upset, not depressed... just numb.

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