Buddha In Glory
Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond, that closes tightly in and sweetens, —
this entire world out to all the stars
is your fruit-flesh: we greet you.
Look, you feel how nothing any longer
clings to you; your husk is in infinity,
and there the strong juice stands and crows.
And from outside a radiance assists it,
for high above, your suns in full splendor
have wheeled blazingly around.
Yet already there's begun inside you
what lasts beyond the suns.
Rainer Maria Rilke
New Poems [ 1908 ]
translated by Edward Snow
North Point 1987