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Along The Sun-Drenched Roadside

Along the sun-drenched roadside, from the great
Hollow half-treetrunk, which for generations
Has been a trough, renewing in itself
An inch or two of rain, I satisfy
My thirst: taking the water’s pristine coolness
Into my whole body through my wrists.
Drinking would be too powerful, too clear;
But this unhurried gesture of restraint
Fills my whole consciousness with shining water.

Thus, if you came, I could be satisfied
To let my hand rest lightly, for a moment,
Lightly, upon your shoulder or your breast.

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Poem Along The Sun-Drenched Roadside - Rainer Maria Rilke