Fortuitous Poem - Poem by Karl Kraus
I divide the people I don’t greet into four groups.
There are those whom I don’t greet in order not to compromise myself
This is the simplest group.
Next, there are those whom I don’t greet in order not to compromise them.
This requires a certain amount of attention.
But then there are those whom I don’t greet in order not to get into their bad books.
They are even harder to deal with.
And, finally, there are those whom I don’t greet in order not to get into my bad books.
This takes a particular amount of concentration.
But I’ve had quite a bit of practice, and by my manner of not greeting people I manage to express each of those nuances in such a way that no injustice is done to anyone.
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