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Rainer Maria Rilke – Our greatest task

December 25, 2014

Our greatest task is this:
to find a written language
which can withstand our tears
and re-create before us
– clear, pure, precise –
the beautiful goodbyes
of those who sailed the seas.

(‘Dedication’, to Mademoiselle Sophy Giauque, from The Inner Sky, translated by Damion Searls)

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