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"I Live My Life In Widening Circles", by Rainer Maria Rilke

Lately, I have been reading a text by Albert Einstein in my classes, and he says the words "widening our circle of compassion", which brought me to a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, that Morgan Harper Nichols mentioned in her Instagram account.

Interesting how things and poems weave themselves.

Read full quote by Albert Einstein

Morgan Harper Nichols's Instagram post

Here is the poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:

I live my life in widening circles

that reach out across the world.

I may not complete this last one

but I will give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.

I’ve been circling for thousands of years

and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,

a storm, or a great song?

red tailed hawk
Red tailed hawk, Cowell Ranch Purisima Trail, California. 2020

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