I live my life in growing orbits

That move out over the things of the world

Perhaps I can never achieve the last,

but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God,

Around the ancient tower.

And I have been circling for a thousand years,

And I still don’t know

If I am a falcon or

a great storm.

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Rainer Maria RilkeRainer (René) Maria Rilke

1875-1926 Austro-German poet