Joseph W Greif

Rookie (April 1956 / Germany)

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Emptying The Seine

An old New Year’s Day story
of the Chartres master
and teacher
Alain de Lille [Alanus ab Insulis]

who was asked to prepare a lecture
on the trinity at the University of Paris
and took a walk beside the Seine
to imagine the mystery

there he saw a child
scooping water from
the river with a bucket and
pouring it out onto the bank

“What are you doing? ”
“I am, emptying the Seine.”
“You will not empty the Seine doing that.”
“I can as easily empty the river Seine doing this
as you can give a lecture on the trinity tomorrow ...

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