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The second piece was based on, ‘Archaic Torso of Apollo’ after Rilke, translated by Don Paterson.

The idea was to include the line, ‘Now change your life’ either at the end or somewhere in the body of the poem.

Here was my attempt.

Rainer Maria Rilke











Now Change Your Life

I smell you in my dreams.

Elusive, exclusive,

to all realms,

but what of it?

Stoic indifference,

tantric magnificence,

eyes tantalise,

and plead,

β€œNow change your life”

before death slams the door

on opportunities scorned,

and breath is spent,

like a match.


Β© Now Change Your Life 19.03.2013

by Alexandra Carr-Malcolm

Rainer Maria Rilke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)