Response to Rilke’s Panther

Tiger in the cell of man
endless pacing to and fro

No dignity, but
no need
for us
we are undeserving

The beautiful rage!
hidden beneath rippled
muscles and svelte coat

We are weak

Yet, in our finest moments,
in the face of worldly injustice,
we shed the human veil
and tap the power distilled
from the universe.

And then
– only –
do we recognize you

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