A Poet Reflects

Everyone once, once only.  Just once and no more.
And we also once.  Never again.  But this having been
once, although only once, to have been of the earth,
seems irrevocable.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, from Duino Elegies & The Sonnets of Orpheus (Vintage International, Bilingual Edition, 2009), edited and translated by Stephen Mitchell

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