At night he stands up, the distant call of birds
already deep inside him; and feels bold
because he has taken all the galaxies
into his face, not lightly-, oh not like someone
who prepares a night like this for his beloved
and treats her to the skies that he has known.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke
to have lived
through one solitude to arrive at another,
to feel oneself many things and recover wholeness.
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
I couldn't make love in English -An unnamed interviewee Quoted in Kachru, Asian Englishes
So much takes place in the head, so little is known and fixed. -Jonathan Raban Soft City