Thursday, November 11, 2004

Rilke: Gods do not entice

(Straining so hard against the strenght of night)
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We ignore the gods and fill our minds with trash.
For gods do not entice. They have their being,
and nothing else: an overflow of being.
Not scent or gesture. Nothing is so mute
as a god's mouth. As lovely as a swan
on its eternity of unfathomed surface,
the god glides by, plunges, and spares his whiteness.

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Rainer Maria Rilke(translated by Stephen Mitchell, Random House, Vintage Books)