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Monday
May172010

Rilke, "Und einmal lös ich in der Dämmerung"

A work ("Once I release at twilight's gleam") by this Austrian poet.  You can read the original here.

Once I release at twilight's gleam     
The shoulder and the lap-borne stakes
From my dark dress, a lie undone,                  
And pale and bare, dive at the sun 
And show my youth to my old sea –  

The breakers will in waves atone
And ready me for solemn days.
And each will tremble, each will shake, 
So how should I shout back alone?     
It scares me so ...                

Yet I know light-wrapped waves entice
The last remains of freshest wind;
And there again my arms will rise, 
And once again will it begin. 

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