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You, You Only, Exist

You, you only, exist.
We pass away, till at last,
Our passing is so immense
That you arise: beautiful moment,
In all your suddenness,
Arising in love, or enchanted
In the contraction of work.

To you I belong, however time may
Wear me away. From you to you
I go commanded. In between
The garland is hanging in chance; but if you
Take it up and up and up: look:
All becomes festival!


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Poem You, You Only, Exist - Rainer Maria Rilke