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10. This Fleeting World


because truly being here is so much; because everything here
apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way
keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all.
Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too,
just once. And never again. But to have been
this once, completely, even if only once:
to have been ... one ... seems beyond undoing.
   --Rilke, The Ninth Elegy, lines 11-19



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