“Who are you and why is this happening?” I asked one of them.
“We are believers and we must keep going,” and then he added, “our work is important and concerns the self.”
“But all your dust is darkening the stars,” I said. “Nay, nay,” he said, “we are only passing through, the stars will return.”
From the prose piece “The Students of the Ineffable” by Mark Strand in Almost Invisible, Knopf 2013