Thursday, July 05, 2001

"Once I took your face into my hands.
Moonlight fell on it
most incomprehensible object
under overflowing tears.

Like something docile, that quietly endures,
it felt almost the way a thing feels.
And yet there was no being in that chill
night, which endlessly eludes me.

O these places toward which we surge,
pushing into the scant surfaces
all the waves of our heart,
our pleasures and our weaknesses,
and to whom do we finally hold them out?"
-Paris, end of 1913 Rainer Maria Rilke