Thursday, February 17, 2011

As once the winged energy of delight

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As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood's dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.
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Wonders happen if we can succeed
in passing through the harshest danger;
but only in a bright and purely granted
achievement can we realize the wonder.
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To work with Things in the indescribable
relationship is not too hard for us;
the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,
and being swept along is not enough.
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Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions... For the god
wants to know himself in you.

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~ Rainer Maria Rilke
from uncollected poems

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