Sonnet to Orpheus II (2008 YE report; 1/19/08) 

Want the Change
Be inspired by the flame
Where everything shines, As it disappears. 
The Artist, When sketching
Loves nothing so much as the curve
Of the body as it turns away. 
What locks itself in sameness, Has congealed
Is it safer to be gray and numb? 
What turns hard becomes rigid, And is easily shattered
Pour yourself like a fountain
Flow into the knowledge that what you are seeking
Finishes often at the start
And with ending begins
Every happiness is the child of a separation
It did not think it could survive
And Daphne becoming a laurel
Dares you Apollo to become the wind 

Rainer Maria Rilke