You see, I Want a Lot


You see, I want a lot
Perhaps I want it all:
The darkness of each endless fall,
The shimmering light of each ascent.

So many are alive who don’t seem to care
Casual, easy, they move in the world
As though untouched.

But you take pleasure in the faces
Of those who know they thirst
You cherish those
Who grip you for survival.

You are not dead yet, it’s not too late
To open your depths
By plunging into them
And drink in the life
That reveals itself quietly there.
-Rainer Maria Rilke