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you, darkness


You, Darkness
Of whom I am born
I love you more than the flame
That limits the world
To the circle it illumines
And excludes all the rest.

But the dark embraces everything:
shapes and shadows, creatures and me,
people, nations — just as they are.

It lets me imagine
a great presence stirring beside me.

I believe in the night.

By Rainer Maria Rilke
In Rilke’s Book of Hours:Love Poems to God
translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy