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Rainer Maria Rilke

I would describe myself
like a landscape I’ve studied
at length, in detail;
like a word I am coming to understand;
like a pitcher I pour from at mealtime;
like my mother’s face;
like a ship that’s carried me
when the waters raged.

—  Rainer Maria Rilke, from “The Book of Monastic Life,” Rilke’s book of Hours: Love Poems to God (Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macey)

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