The Country They Call Life

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You, sent out beyond your recall,

go to the limits of your longing.

Embody me.

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Flare up like a flame

and make big shadows I can move in.

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Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.

Just keep going.  No feeling is final.

Don’t let yourself lose me.

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Nearby is the country they call life.

You will know it by its seriousness.

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Give me your hand.

IMG_5224Poem from The Book of Hours, Rilke

(Translated by Anita Burrows and Joanna Macy)

Images from Glasgow Botanic Gardens – Kibble Palace and Main Range Glasshouses

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One thought on “The Country They Call Life

  1. Beautiful, thank you. Joanna Macy’s here (at Findhorn) next week, hope to see her, she’s so inspiring.

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