Sagittarius: A Self-Portrait and a Poem
I Am Much Too Alone In This World
I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone…
— from I Am Much Too Alone by Rainer Maria Rilke, born December 4, 1875
translated by Annemaire Kidder
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