Only Love (after Rilke)

Once her smile and her voice enter you,
and her sudden laughter shatters your heart
like a wine glass on the fireplace of time,
and nothing you knew before is true anymore;

once the glow that surrounds her has found you,
and you find yourself glowing; when, lost in solitude,
in the darkness of your future’s shadow,
you still shine from the inside with her inherited light;

when the memory of her eyes like green water
in which you will gladly drown for the rest of your days
floods you with an endless grieving joy just to live
in a world beautiful enough to have created her;

you know you will know only love forever,
and you must change your life.

(KZ 2017)

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