i love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes a circle
of light for everyone
and then no one outside learns of you.
but the darkness pulls in everything -
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them!
powers and people -
and it is possible a great presence
is moving near me.
i have faith in nights.
-rainer maria rilke (1875-1926)