Ninth Duino Elegy (excerpt) ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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But because truly being here is so much; because everything here
apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way
keeps calling to us.  Us, the most fleeting of all.
Once for each thing.  Just once; no more.  And we too,
just once.  And never again.  But to have been
this once, completely, even if only once:
to have been at one with the earth, seems beyond undoing.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Translation by Stephen Mitchell

Image: The Nature Conservancy

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