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Child In Red

 Sometimes she walks through the village in her
 little red dress
all absorbed in restraining herself,
and yet, despite herself, she seems to move
according to the rhythm of her life to come.
She runs a bit, hesitates, stops, half-turns around.
and, all while dreaming, shakes her head for or against.
Then she dances a few steps that she invents and forgets, no doubt finding out that life moves on too fast.
It's not so much that she steps out of the small body enclosing her, but that all she carries in herself frolics and ferments.
It's this dress that she'll remember later in a sweet surrender; when her whole life is full of risks, the little red dress will always seem right.

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke
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