February 24, 2011

Beloved Rilke

As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood's dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.

Wonders happen if we can succeed
in passing through the harshest danger;
but only in a bright and purely granted
achievement can we realize the wonder.

To work with Things in the indescribable
relationship is not too hard for us;
the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,
and being swept along is not enough.

Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions ... For the god
wants to know himself in you.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

1 comment:

David Marc Small said...

Asking for us to attune ourselves to a sense of wonder... I like it... for me the most pure state of my personal being is when I am amazed, awed by life... when it all seems like a magical wonder. When I can attune to that I feel at real peace...

I like this quote from a Jhumpa Lahiri short story that feels a bit relevant: "As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when its beyond my imagination."

Thanks for continuing to share