In Every Drop of My Blood


Extinguish my eyes, I'll go on seeing you,

Seal my ears, I'll go on hearing you.

And without feet I can make my way to you,

without a mouth I can swear your name.

Break off my arms, I'll take hold of you

with my heart, as with a hand.

Stop my heart, and my brain will start to beat.

And if you consume my brain with fire,

I'll feel you burn in every drop of my blood.

Ranier Maria Rilke

The Book of Hours