Why do you bother, asked the spider.
“Permanent residency, personal challenge, fitting in?”
You never will, you know.
Jeremy looked up from his exercises, curious. “Of course I can.”
Suppose you succeed at all of…this, asked the spider, waving two legs toward the text.
Will you ever be part of conversations?
Will you ever understand a talk at the university?
Will you ever be more than a visitor?
“Of course I can”, Jeremy repeated, with a touch less confidence.
Or will you only ever be the old fellow drinking alone at the end of the bar?
Jeremy fell silent, thinking. Weet jij (waar / of / wie) wij zijn. “Perhaps Hemingway,” he suggested.
Jeremy shook his head, “You never know. Life is strange.”
Compared to what, smiled the spider.