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By Rainer Maria Rilke

Animal Rights Poetry

Moo-ving people toward compassionate living

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 In the Jardin des Plantes, Paris

 His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
 has grown so weary that it cannot hold
 anything else.  It seems to him there are
 a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

 As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
 the movement of his powerful soft strides
 is like a ritual dance around a center
 in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

 Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
 lifts, quietly --.  An image enters in,
 rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
 plunges into the heart and is gone.

 - Rainer Maria Rilke

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