How interesting windows can be
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.
~ by Rainer Maria Rilke
translated from the French by Suanne Petermann