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Posted on July 2, 2008 in: Uncategorized by Andrew Birkhead

Buddha in Glory

Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond, 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

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