I want to be with those who know secret things, or else alone.

I am too alone in this world, and not alone enough
to make every moment holy.
I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enough,
just to lie before you like a thing, shrewd and secretive.
I want my own will, and I want simply
to be with my will as it goes towards action.
And in the silent, sometimes hardly moving times
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know secret things,
or else alone.

-Rainer Maria Rilke, tr. Robert Bly

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~ by scalambra on March 25, 2010.

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