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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.

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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