Rainer Maria Rilke: “I Live My Life In Ever Widening Rings” (from The Book of Hours)

I Live My Life In Ever Widening Rings (from The Book of Hours)

I live my life in ever widening rings
that embrace the simple things around me.
Perhaps I’ll never reach them all,
but I’m going to try.

I’ve been circling around God, around this ancient tower.
I’ve been circling this way for thousands of years.
And I still don’t know: am I a falcon, or a storm,
or some great song?

Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated from German by Paul Weinfield, © 2014
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