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Law of the Stars

Law of the Stars

This poem by Rainer Maria Rilke reflects the author's ecstatic relationship with the earth and our universe. The poem is a source of deep contemplation of our place in the universe, the nature of order, and the governance of life activity, the meaning of our distant galaxies, and the ultimate quest for our true home. (What more is there?) The poem, handset in Goudy Thirty and printed letterpress, lies within a monoprint border reflecting the printer's interpretation of Rilke's "intensified sky" and silver birds.

Folded card, 5 x 7 inches, with envelope
Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.
The inner--what is it?
If not intensified sky,
hurled through with birds and deep
with the winds of homecoming.