Tag Archives: Rainer Maria Rilke

Silent friend of many distances

Silent friend of many distances, feel how your breath enlarges all your space. Let your presence rung out like a bell into the night. What feeds upon your face grows mighty from the nourishment thus offered. Move through transformation, out … Continue reading

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All who seek you

All who seek you test you. And those who find you bind you to image and gesture. I would rather sense you as the earth senses you. In my ripening ripens what you are. I need from you no tricks … Continue reading

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How shall I hold my soul…

  Love-Song How shall I hold my soul so it does not touch on yours. How shall I lift it over you to other things? Ah, willingly I’d store it away with some lost thing in the dark, in some … Continue reading

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Oh come and go

Oh come and go. You, almost a child still, complete for a moment the dance-move into the pure constellation of those dances in which dull orderly nature’s transiently overcome. Since she was stirred to total hearing only when Orpheus sang. … Continue reading

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O long for the flame…

Will transformation. O long for the flame, where a Thing escapes you, splendid in change: that designing spirit, master of what is earth, loves only the turning-point in the form’s curve, What closes itself, to endure, already freezes: does it … Continue reading

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Go deeply inside…

A reflection on a poem by Rilke In the past few weeks I have been reading Rainer Maria Rilke ( as you may very well have noticed by the choice of poems posted on this blog). Rilke was a serious … Continue reading

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You don’t have to understand life

It is a special treat to listen to Rilke’s words. This is from a reading of the great Viennese actor Oskar Werner. Du musst das Leben nicht verstehen Du musst das Leben nicht verstehen, dann wird es werden wie ein … Continue reading

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Only in our doing can we grasp you.

Only in our doing can we grasp you. Only with our hands can we illumine you. The mind is but a visitor; it thinks us out of our world. Each mind fabricates itself. We sense it limits, for we have … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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You see, I want a lot

You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything: the darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up. So many live on and want nothing, and are raised to the rank of … Continue reading

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