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Edgar Lee Masters - Dippold the Optician

What do you see now? 
Globes of red, yellow, purple. 
Just a moment! And now? 
My father and mother and sisters. 
Yes! And now? 
Knights at arms, beautiful women, kind faces. 
Try this. 
A field of grain—a city. 
Very good! And now? 
A young woman with angels bending over her. 
A heavier lens! And now? 
Many women with bright eyes and open lips. 
Try this. 
Just a goblet on a table. 
Oh I see! Try this lens! 
Just an open space—I see nothing in particular. 
Well, now! 
Pine trees, a lake, a summer sky. 
That’s better. And now? 
A book. 
Read a page for me. 
I can’t. My eyes are carried beyond the page. 
Try this lens. 
Depths of air. 
Excellent! And now? 
Light, just light, making everything below it a toy world. 
Very well, we’ll make the glasses accordingly. 

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Poet: Edgar Lee Masters
Poem: Dippold the Optician

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 29th, 2008 at 3:23 AM.

I can't believe how ingenious this poem is! In the future, no one will understand it, when technology has taken over the role of the optician. To reveal the life of an optician in such a way though, it's really incredible.


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