EXTINGUISH MY EYES, I’LL GO ON SEEING YOU

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Extinguish my eyes, I’ll go on seeing you.

Seal my ears, I’ll go on hearing you.

And without feet, I can make my way to you.

With out a mouth I can swear your name.

Break off my arms, I’ll take hold of you

with my heart as with a hand.

Stop my heart, and my brain will start to beat.

And if you consume my brain with fire

I’ll feel your burn in every drop of blood.

 

(from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke)

 

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