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January 13th, 2016

Teresa of Avila - You are Christ's Hands

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
     no hands but yours,
     no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
     Christ's compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
     doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.


-- from The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World (A Poetry Chaikhana Anthology), Edited by Ivan M. Grange
Poetry Chaikhana | Teresa of Avila - You are Christ's Hands

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Rainer Maria Rilke - A Walk

A Walk

by Rainer Maria Rilke

English version by Robert Bly
Original Language German

My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has its inner light, even from a distance--

and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on,
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.


-- from Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated by Robert Bl
Poetry Chaikhana | Rainer Maria Rilke - A Walk

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