Tuesday, May 16, 2017

this mystery





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And yet, though we strain
against the deadening grip
of daily necessity,
I sense there is this mystery:
All life is being lived.

Who is living it then?
Is it the things themselves,
or something waiting inside them,
like an unplayed melody in a flute?

Is it the winds blowing over the waters?
Is it the branches that signal to each other?

Is it flowers
interweaving their fragrances
or streets, as they wind through time?


–Rainer Maria Rilke
Book of Hours, excerpt
Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy version



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