# A Conceited Mistake

Once upon a time there was a mistake

So silly so small

That no one would even have noticed it

It couldn't bear

To see itself to hear of itself

It invented all manner of things

Just to prove

that it didn't really exist

It invented space

To put its proofs in

And time to keep its proofs

And the world to see its proofs

All it invented

Was not so silly

Nor so small

But was of course mistaken

Could it have been otherwise

Trans. Anne Pennington

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