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Rainer Maria Rilke

You are the second one amidst your loneliness,
the quiet center of each monologue:
and any circle drawn round you
exceeds the tent of time.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, from “The Book of the Monkish Life,” First Book; The Book of Hours: Prayers to a Lowly God, trans. Annemarie S. Kidder (Northwestern University Press, 2001)

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