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Variation On A Theme By Rilke

A certain day became a presence to me;
There it was, confronting me a sky, air, light:
A being. And before it started to descend
From the height of noon, it leaned over
And struck my shoulder as if with
The flat of a sword, granting me
Honor and a task. The day’s blow
Rang out, metallic or it was I, a bell awakened,
And what I heard was my whole self
Saying and singing what it knew: I can.

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Poem Variation On A Theme By Rilke - Denise Levertov