Tuesday, November 14, 2006

One True Gaze

from Requiem
By Rainer Maria Rilke

And at last, you saw yourself as a fruit, you stepped
out of your clothes and brought your naked body
before the mirror, you left yourself inside
down to your gaze; which stayed in front, immense,
and didn't say: I am that; no: this is.
So free of curiosity your gaze
had become, so unpossessive, of such true
poverty, it had no desire even
for you yourself; it wanted nothing: holy.

--Translated by Stephen Mitchell ~ Book

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