Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Panther

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His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold anything else.
It seems to him there are a thousand bars;
and behind the bars, no world.
As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.
Only at times, the curtain of the pupils lifts, quietly.
An image enters in,
rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.

Rainer Maria Rilke
Translation by Stephen Mitchell

2 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Charles said...

great poetry and photo.

2:08 PM  
Blogger James said...

Dr. C: It's hard to go too far wrong with Rilke, and thank God for Goggle's image search!

10:53 PM  

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