[The Almond Trees in Blossom]
The almond trees in blossom: all we can
achieve here is the traceless recognition of
ourselves in earthly appearance.
Endlessly I gaze at you in wonder, blessed ones, at your composure,
at how in eternal delight you bear your vanishing beauty.
Ah, if only we knew how to blossom: our heart would pass beyond every
small danger, and would find peace in the greatest danger of all.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
translated by Stephen Mitchell
image: Pierre Bonnard, The Almond Tree in Blossom
(the last painting he ever made)