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Mary Oliver

Sometimes 1. Something came upout of the dark.It wasn’t anything I had ever seen before.It wasn’t an animalor a flower,unless it was both. Something came up out of the water,a head the size of a catbut muddy and without ears.I don’t know what God is.I don’t know what death is. But I believe they have… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver

7. Death waits for me, I know it, aroundone corner or another.This doesn’t amuse me.Neither does it frighten me. After the rain, I went back into the field of sunflowers.It was cool, and I was anything but drowsy.I walked slowly, and listened to the crazy roots, in the drenched earth, laughing and growing. —Mary Oliver,… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Rainer Maria Rilke

See how in their veins all becomes spirit:into each other they mature and grow.Like axles, their forms tremblingly orbit,round which it whirls, bewitching and aglow.Thirsters, and they receive drink,watchers, and see: they receive sight.Let them into one another sinkso as to endure each other outright. –– Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Lovers”, trans. John J. L.… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Rainer Maria Rilke

LifeTo Lou Andreas-Salome I held myself too open, I forgotthat outside not just things exist and animalsfully at ease in themselves, whose eyesreach from their lives’ roundedness no differentlythan portraits do from frames; forgot that Iwith all I did incessantly crammedlooks into myself; looks, opinion, curiosity.Who knows: perhaps eyes form in spaceand look on everywhere.… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Mary Oliver

Peonies This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready   to break my heart      as the sun rises,         as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers and they open —   pools of lace,      white and pink —         and all day the black ants climb over them, boring their deep and mysterious… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I, 45 You come and go. The doors swing closedever more gently, almost without a shudder.Of all those who move through the quiet houses,you are the quietest. We become so accustomed to you,we no longer look upwhen your shadow falls over the book we are readingand makes it glow. For all thingssing you: at timeswe… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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