Daily Meditation: Permanence And Impermanence

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Today's post features a poem by 19th century Austrian writer Rainer Maria Rilke. The poem celebrates the enduring quality of art, which can live on even as the world rapidly changes.

From Sonnets to Orpheus

Even though the world keeps changing

quickly as cloud-shapes,

All things perfected fall

home to the age-old.

Over the changing and passing,

wider and freer,

still lasts your leading-song,

god with the lyre.

Not understood are the sufferings.

Neither has love been learned,

and what removes us in death

is not unveiled.

Only song over the land

hallows and celebrates.

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