Ah, not to be cut off

 

Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.
The inner — what is it?
if not the intensified sky,
hurled through with birds and deep
with the winds of homecoming.

German Original

Ach, nicht getrennt sein,
nicht durch so wenig Wandung
vom Sternen-Maß.
Innres, was ists?
Wenn nicht gesteigerter Himmel,
durchworfen mit Vögeln und tief
von Winden der Heimkehr.

Rainer Maria Rilke
Aus: Die Gedichte 1922 bis 1926 (Paris, Sommer 1925)
The painting “Wally” by Egon Schiele just returned back to Vienna after an odyssey of 70 years and an extensive litigation in New York. It can be visited at the Leopold Museum

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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One Response to Ah, not to be cut off

  1. Nayoma says:

    I am so grateful that you also posted the original words! I am a translator and I was looking for the original of these words of wisdom and could not find them in the web – until I found your beautiful site!

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