Rilke

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Sunset
                                             by Rainer Maria Rilke
                                          (translated by Robert Bly)
 
                      Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
                      which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
                      You look, and soon these two worlds both have you,
                      one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,
 
                      leaving you, not really belonging to either,
                      not so hopelessly dark as that house that is silent,
                      not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
                      that turns to a star each night and climbs—
 
                      leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
                      your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
                      so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
                      one moment of your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.

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Just a short walk this one, to The Cove and across The Lots. Sometimes that’s all you need!

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Rilke

7 thoughts on “Rilke

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I liked it! Been getting out to see the sunset a lot of late (as you may have noticed). I never tire of it. Hard to think of things to say about it on the blog however! Perhaps the less said the better.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Having read this poem, you now know as much as I do. Although, I have a feeling that it may be a husband and wife team – both poets. I can see that I shall have to do some lazy internet research!

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          Its the ‘difficulty of communion with the ineffable’ which obviously chimes with me. I get that all the time. Or is it indigestion?

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