Sunday, May 23, 2010

Thought for the Day (Rilke's "Memory")


And you wait, await the 
one thing 

that will infinitely increase
your life;

the gigantic, the

the awakening of stones, 

depths turned round 
toward you. 

The volumes in brown and 

flicker dimly on the

and you think of lands 
traveled through, 

of paintings, of the

of women lost and found. 

And then all at once you
know; that was it. 

You rise, and there stands 
before you 

the fear and prayer and

of a vanished year.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke


Letters to a Young Poet (GoogleBooks)

Rainer Maria Rilke: Selected Poems (GoogleBooks)

Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (Selections from The Book of Images, The Voices, The Book of Hours, New Poems, Uncollected Poems; Translations by Cliff Crego)

Chapter One, Life of a Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke by Ralph Freedman

The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (Robert Hass, Editor/Translator)

1 comment:

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

oh sigh. this is my life so many days. but I am aware of the passage of time, and that helps me pause and live... great thought for today.