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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.

by Edgar Lee Masters
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