Look how the same possibilities
unfold in their opposite demeanors,
as though one saw different ages
passing through two identical rooms.

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Each thinks that she props up the other,
while resting wearily on her support;
and they can’t make use of one another,
for they cause blood to rest on blood,

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when as in the former times they softly touch
and try, along the tree-lined walks,
to feel themselves conducted and to lead;
ah, the ways they go are not the same.

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