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Water Lily

My whole life is mine, but whoever says so
Will deprive me, for it is infinite.
The ripple of water, the shade of the sky
Are mine; it is still the same, my life.

No desire opens me: I am full,
I never close myself with refusal-
In the rythm of my daily soul
I do not desire-I am moved;

By being moved I exert my empire,
Making the dreams of night real:
Into my body at the bottom of the water
I attract the beyonds of mirrors…


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Poem Water Lily - Rainer Maria Rilke