Is the landscape fair
and the self alive
even though the twilight has come upon us?

I bought peaches in Greece
and pears in Venice--
such fruits a biography
a map and a territory
and the taste of them delicious in memory.

And you Mister Boatman
what is your price
and how far to that destination?
       (in Venice or Greece the question is the same)

and the qualities of the rose
similar or different in whatever land
I view them
though the thorns remain the same

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