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Interior Portrait

You don’t survive in me
Because of memories;
Nor are you mine because
Of a lovely longing’s strength.

What does make you present
Is the ardent detour
That a slow tenderness
Traces in my blood.

I do not need
To see you appear;
Being born sufficed for me
To lose you a little less.

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Poem Interior Portrait - Rainer Maria Rilke