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Rainer Maria Rilke

We must not portray you in king’s robes,you drifting mist that brought forth the morning. Once again from the old paintboxeswe take the same gold for scepter and crownthat has disguised you through the ages. Piously we produce our images of youtill they stand around you like a thousand walls.And when our hearts would simply… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Mary Oliver

The Poet with His Face in His Hands You want to cry aloud for your mistakes. But to tell the truth the world doesn’t need anymore of that sound. So if you’re going to do it and can’t stop yourself, if your pretty mouth can’t hold it in, at least go by yourself across the… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I live my life in widening circles that drift out over the things. I may not achieve the very last, but it will be my aim. I circle around God, around the age-old tower; I’ve been circling for millennia and still I don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a sovereign song? —… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Mary Oliver

When one is alone and lonely, the body gladly lingers in the wind or the rain, or splashes into the cold river, or pushes through the ice-crusted snow. Anything that touches. — Mary Oliver, from “Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way,” Felicity (Penguin, 2015)

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