Trees Leaping Greenly Toward Sky True Dream Ears Awake

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Trees Leaping Greenly Toward Sky True Dream Ears Awake (2019)

 
instrumentation: Piano

NO, MY LIFE IS NOT THIS PRECIPITOUS HOUR
through which you see me passing at a run.
I stand before my background like a tree.
Of all my many mouths I am but one,
and that which soonest chooses to be dumb.

I am the rest between two notes
which, struck together, sound discordantly,
because death’s note would claim a higher key.

But in the dark pause, trembling, the notes meet,
harmonious.

And the song continues sweet.

The Book of Hours
Rainer Maria Rilke
1903