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Rainer Maria Rilke

Onto a Vast Plain You are not surprised at the force of the storm— you have seen it growing. The trees flee. Their flight sets the boulevards streaming. And you know: he whom they flee is the one you move toward. All your senses sing him, as you stand at the window. The weeks stood… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Terry Tempest William

When I look in the mirror, I see a woman with secrets. When we don’t listen to our intuition, we abandon our souls. And we abandon our souls because we are afraid if we don’t, others will abandon us. ― Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice. (Sarah Crichton Books April… Continue reading Terry Tempest William

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Ernest Hemingway

There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live… Continue reading Ernest Hemingway

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Grown-ups love figures… When you tell them you’ve made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? ” Instead they demand “How old is he? How much does he weigh?… Continue reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Aracelis Girmay

& we cannot separate the roof from the heart from the trees that were there, standing. & so it is, when I say “night,” it is your name I am calling, when I say “field,” your thousand, thousand names, your million names. — Aracelis Girmay, from “Arroz Poetica,” Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007)

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