There the river became narrower and narrower, imagined the boy, although he had been told: “It only appears that way. In reality it is different.”
But he didn’t believe this.
However, the spot where the river became narrow, remained further in front of him.
Strange, he thought, although I keep walking, I am not getting closer.
The man laughed and said, “do you not know how things really are?”
“Not exactly,” answered the boy.
“And I don’t believe everything that I am told.”
“Well, then keep searching,“ said the man shaking his head and went on.
The man laughed and said, “I don’t know where it is or where you can find it.
But I have lots of time as I am already quite old.
I would like to come with you and search for the spot.”
Together they loaded the man’s boat full of things, they started the motor and set off.
They stood side by side in the boat.
Sometimes they sang.
Several times they said, “there is the spot.”
Then they gazed through the binoculars.
Now the boy and the man were bobbing up and down on the vast ocean.
And they saw that on the distant horizon water and sky merged.
They wanted to find this place too.
Then they also looked for the spot where the sun sank into the sea.
They looked for the spot where the water merged with the sky.
And they looked for the place where the river became as narrow as a line.
And after a while, they sailed on.
Always straight ahead.
The spot where the river narrowed, where the sun sank into the water and where the water met the sky was nowhere to be found.
Then the boy and then man looked at one another and smiled.
“After all,” said the boy.
“I know now, that the places we searched don’t exist.
But I don’t know that just because someone told me.
I really know it.”
We have swam in warm water and lay in the sun and thought.
We met people.
And besides we spent a long time together.
That was wonderful.”