extinguish thou my eyes

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painting by  Birgit Huttemann- Holz

Extinguish Thou My Eyes -R.M.Rilke
30″x30″
encaustic, oil on panel, 2014

Extinguish Thou My Eyes

Extinguish Thou my eyes: I still can see Thee,
deprive my ears of sound: I still can hear Thee,
and without feet I still can come to Thee,
and without voice I still can call to Thee.

Sever my arms from me, I still will hold Thee
with all my heart as with a single hand,
arrest my heart, my brain will keep on beating,
and Should Thy fire at last my brain consume,
the flowing of my blood will carry Thee.

~rilke

Translated by Albert Ernest Flemming

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