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metaphorformetaphor:

How far is far
How many ways to get there?
We walk
and walk towards meaning
and don’t arrive

It is a mirage
guide of the confused
to distant water
futile and heroic

We walk, and in the desert
we grow wiser
and don’t say: ‘Because the wilderness is perfection’

But our wisdom needs a song
with a lively tempo
so that hope doesn’t :flag

I How far is far
How many ways to get there?

Mahmoud Darwish, “How far is far?,” A River Dies of Thirst (Archipelago Books, 2009)