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My Life is Not This Steeply Sloping Hour
My life is not this steeply sloping hour,
in which you see me hurrying.
Much stands behind me; I stand before like it a tree;
I am only one of many mouths
and at that, the one that will be the soonest.

I am the rest between the notes,
which are somehow always in discord
because death’s note wants to climb over –
but in the dark interval reconciled,
they stay there trembling.
        And the song goes on, beautiful.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Selected Poems, translation Robert Bly, Harper Row, 1981.
 
Holding my daughter in my arms is no longer just an action, it is me being present with my daughter, feeling the power of my love for her, smelling her presence in my arms and appreciating all she has brought into my life.

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