Lament

“I would like to step out of my heart and go walking beneath the enormous sky…”

Everything is far

and long gone by,

I think that the star

glittering above me

has been dead for a million years.

I think there were tears

in the car I heard pass

and something terrible was said.

A clock has stopped striking in the house

across the road…

When did it start?…

I would like to step out of my heart

and go walking beneath the enormous sky.

I would like to pray.

And surely of all the stars that perished

long ago,

one still exists.

I think that I know

which one it is–

which one, at the end of its beam in the sky,

stands like a white city…

Rainer Maria Rilke

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