About fellowship

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fellowship, f kafka

… we are five friends …

… one day we came out of a house one after the other …

… first one came and placed himself beside the gate …

… then the second came …

… or rather he glided through the gate like a little ball of quicksilver …

… and placed himself near the first one …

… then came the third …

… then the fourth …

… then the fifth …



… finally we all stood in a row …



… people began to notice us …

… they pointed at us and said …

… those five just came out of that house …

… since then we have been living together …



… it would be a peaceful life if it weren't for a sixth one continually trying to interfere …



… he doesn't do us any harm …

… but he annoys us …

… and that is harm enough …



… why does he intrude where he is not wanted? …

… we don't know him and don't want him to join us …

… there was a time, of course, when the five of us did not know one another, either …



… and it could be said that we still don't know one another …

… but what is possible and can be tolerated by the five of us …

… is not possible and cannot be tolerated with this sixth one …



… in any case, we are five and don't want to be six …

… and what is the point of this continual being together anyhow? …

… it is also pointless for the five of us …

… but here we are together and will remain together …



… a new combination, however, we do not want …

… just because of our experiences …

… but how is one to make all this clear to the sixth one? …

… long explanations would almost amount to accepting him in our circle …



… so we prefer not to explain …

… and not to accept him …

… no matter how he pouts his lips we push him away with our elbows …

… but however much we push him away …

… back he comes …