O trees of life, how far off is winter?
We're in disarray. Our minds don't commune
like those of migratory birds. Left behind and late,
we force ourselves suddenly on winds
and fall, exhausted, on indifferent waters.
Blooming makes us think of fading.
And somewhere out there lions still roam, oblivious,
in all their splendor, to any weakness.
RILKE Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy (Translated by EDWARD SNOW)