Becoming I

The human being
had to free itself long ago
From the reality of spirit
And, dying, dive deep
Into the dark abysses of existence,
There to kindle in the shadowy depths,
Through struggle
with the opposing might of death,
The strength of the human I.
As being of light it now ascends
Into the bright shining of the spirit,
Thus binding anew
the depths with the heights.

Gerhard Reisch
page 169
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