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How sad that my life has not come to mean

for you what your life came to mean for me.

... How many times in vacant lots have I

consigned my copper coin, crowned with the seal

of state, to that webbed universe of wires,

attempting hopelessly to stretch the time

of our connectedness ... Alas, unless

a man can manage to eclipse the world,

he's left to twirl a gap‐toothed dial in some

phone booth, as one might spin a ouija board,

until a phantom answers,

echoing the last wails of a buzzer in the night.

Joseph Brodsky