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Going Blind

She sat just like the others as the table.
But on second glance she seemed to hold her cup a little differently as she picked it up.
She smiled once.
It was almost painful.
And when they finished and it was time to stand and slowly as chance selected them they left and moved through many rooms (they talked and laughed) I saw her.
She was moving far behind The others absorbed like someone who will soon have to sing before a large assembly; upon her eyes which were radiant with joy light played as on the surface of a pool.
She followed slowly taking a long time as though there were some obstacle in the way; and yet: as though once it was overcome she would be beyond all walking and would fly.

by Rainer Maria Rilke
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