Rainer Maria Rilke

4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic

Interior Portrait

You don't survive in me
because of memories;
nor are you mine because
of a lovely longing's strength.

What does make you present
is the ardent detour
that a slow tenderness
traces in my blood.

I do not need
to see you appear;
being born sufficed for me
to lose you a little less.
Translated by A. Poulin
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