calf-l.jpg (7798 bytes)calf-r.jpg (7822 bytes)THE PANTHER
By Rainer Maria Rilke
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 THE PANTHER
 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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