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Rainer Maria Rilke

Move through transformation, out and in.
What is the deepest loss that you have suffered?
If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine.

In this immeasurable darkness, be the power
that rounds your senses in their magic ring,
the sense of their mysterious encounter.

And if the earthly no longer knows your name,
whisper to the silent earth: I’m flowing.
To the flashing water say: I am.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Sonnet XXIX,” Duino Elegies & The Sonnets To Orpheus, trans. Stephen Mitchell (Vintage, 2009)

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