‘how will I cherish you now, you grief-torn nights’

Rainer Maria Rilke ‘#10 from the Duino Elegies’ 1922, translated by Edgar Snow

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untameable memory,
as irretrievable as death,
as resolute as dawn

now dull and porous,
now flickering,
content and discontent,
revealing and irrelevant

in the night sky
a million light year old meteor
is disappearing
to a timeless fate

in its wake
the earth draws breath

in its wake
a harbinger of peace