How interesting windows can be

East Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick


O you window, measure of longing,

refilling so many times

as one life spills over and hurries

toward an other life.
You who divide and who bring together,

as changeable as the sea—

a mirror, suddenly, reflecting and blending

our faces with what we see through you;
a taste of freedom compromised

by the presence of chance,

grasp that serves to balance out

the great excess of the world.

from Windows

~ by Rainer Maria Rilke

translated from the French by Suanne Petermann