Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Solstice season thoughts

Buddha in Glory
Center of all centers, core of cores,
that closes tightly in and sweetens,--

this entire world out to all the stars
is your fruit-flesh: we greet you.

Look, you feel how nothing any longer clings to you;
your husk is in infinity,

and there the strong juice stands and crowds.

And from outside a radiance assists it,
for high above,
your suns in full splendor
have wheeled blazingly around.
Yet already there's begun inside you

what lasts beyond the suns.

--Ranier Maria Rilke, translated by Edward Snow
from New Poems
Thanks to Rob Brezsny for featuring the Rilke poem this week.

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