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Rainer Maria Rilke

You don’t know nights of love? Nopetals of soft words float on your blood?No secret places on your bodythrob with memories, like eyes? — Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Paris, Winter 1913-14.,” Uncollected Poems, translation by Edward Snow. (North Point Press; 1st North Point Pbk. Ed., Bilingual Ed edition April 11, 1997)

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1910-1926. (W. W. Norton & Company February 17, 1969)

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Mary Oliver

The Black Snake When the black snake flashed onto the morning road, and the truck could not swerve– death, that is how it happens. Now he lies looped and useless as an old bicycle tire. I stop the car and carry him into the bushes. He is as cool and gleaming as a braided whip,… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

When it’s over, it’s over, and we don’t know any of us, what happens then. So I try not to miss anything. I think, in my whole life, I have never missed The full moon or the slipper of its coming back. Or, a kiss. Well, yes, especially a kiss. ― Mary Oliver, “When,” Swan:… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Rabindranath Tagore

My dearest life, I know you are not mine forever; but do love me even if it’s for this moment. After that I shall vanish into the forest where you cast me, I won’t ask anyone for anything again. Give me something that can last me till I die. ― Rabindranath Tagore, Choker Bali. (Rupa… Continue reading Rabindranath Tagore

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Rainer Maria Rilke

… seek [that] which your own everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, passing thoughts and the belief in some sort of beauty–describe all these with loving, quiet, humble sincerity, and use, to express yourself, the things in your environment, the images from your dreams, the objects of your memory. — Rainer Maria… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything the darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up. — Rainer Maria Rilke, from “[You see, I want a lot],” Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God. Translated by Anita Barrows & Joanna Macy. (Riverhead Books; Eighth… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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