A la recherche du temps perdu

"We are involved with flower, leaf, and fruit.
They speak not just the language of one year.
From darkness a bright phenomenon appears
and still reflects, perhaps, the jealous glint

of the dead, who fill the earth. How can we know
what part they play within the ancient cycle?"
—  Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus, from “XIV,” trans. Stephen Mitchell