That Surprising Rilke Moment (see 'Archaic Torso Of Apollo')

We asked one of the young boys what he did when he wasn't helping around the cottages, and he said he was studying to become a policeman. There was a local school that taught criminology in town, and he was already on his second year. How did you know you wanted to become a policeman, we asked. He answered with a calmness that betrayed his young age, and his words ring clear until now.

Unlike his brothers, he was no good in the ocean. He loved watching the waves from the shore, but he was terrified of being surrounded by water. The day he failed his father on the fishing boat was the day he knew he had to change his life.