Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Silent friend of many distances



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Silent friend of many distances, feel
how your breath enlarges all of space.
Let your presence ring out like a bell
into the night. What feeds upon your face
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grows mighty from the nourishment thus offered.
Move through transformation, out and in.
What is the deepest loss that you have suffered?
If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine.
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In this immeasurable darkness, be the power
that rounds your sense in their magic ring,
the sense of their mysterious encounter.
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And if the earthly no longer knows your name,
whisper to the silent earth: I’m flowing.
To the flashing water say: I am.
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~ Rainer Maria Rilke
 The Sonnets to Orpheus, II, 29
(Translation by Steven Mitchell)
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