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Breath, You Invisible Poem!


by Rainer Maria Rilke

Breath, you invisible poem!

Pure, continuous exchange

with all that is, flow and counter flow

where rhythmically I come to be.

Each time a wave that occurs just once

in a sea I discover I am.

You, innermost of oceans,

you, infinitude of space.

How many far places were once

within me. Some winds

are like my own child.

When I breathe them now, do they know me again?

Air, you silken surround,

completion and seed of my word.

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