Sometimes a Man

Sometimes a man rises from the supper table
and goes outside. And he keeps going
because somewhere to the east there’s a church.
His children bless his name as if he were dead.

Another man stays at home until he dies,
stays with plates and glasses.
So then it is his children who go out
into the world, seeking the church that he forgot.

— Rilke, The Book of Hours II, 19

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