Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "A Walk" by Rainer Maria Rilke



A Walk

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-

and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.


--Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Robert Bly


29 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

Most evocative. Thanks.

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice, that road ahead always calls to me.

smilingheart said...

hi Betty, love this, thanks for posting it. the version familiar to me uses the word 'changes' instead of 'charges,' perhaps there is sense in both.

Old Kitty said...

The poem grows more powerful to more I read it! Thanks BB! Take care
x

Slamdunk said...

Wonderful image created Betty. Thanks for sharing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We become the person who was already inside us. Nice!

Brian said...

Purrfect!

Madi and Mom said...

Lovely...walks are so theraputic!!
Hugs C

Eva Gallant said...

So lovely!

Daisy said...

Ah, that was nice! Have a good day, Betty! :-)

Brian (not the cat) said...

Rilke really knew how to express the inexpressible. Did you know that he ate Quaker Oats because he loved the instructions: Boil Water; Add Oats. True story.

Sush said...

You always find just the right poem for me...each and every time!
Hugs~

SueAnn said...

What a lovely poem! Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Ruby said...

Love this poem! Thanks for sharing it!

faye said...

doncha just love to feel the wind in your face......?

CiCi said...

Using our inner eyes to see and experience to the fullest extent on what would be an ordinary walk shows a person with awakened senses and a connection to nature. This is is a sweet poem.

Jules said...

OOH, I like that poem! And that new photo cracked me up. I knew you had a laugh for me. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Pat Tillett said...

Great poem and pic. you always come with poems that really MEAN something to most of us. At least to me they do for sure.

Zuzana said...

That is a beautiful poem and I love the image as well.;)
The first I ever heard of Rilke was in the romantic comedy "Only You" where this quote was use between the two main characters:
"Perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us yesterday, separate, in the evening..."
Have a lovely week,
xoxo

Kitty Moore said...

"So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp" - that resonates with me for some reason..

baygirl32 said...

perfect!

Ciara said...

This is fantastic. Beautiful!

Margo Kelly said...

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Lydia Kang said...

Beautiful. Thanks Bettty!

Baby Sister said...

Lovely. Simply lovely. :)

Nisa said...

I love the crazy cat lady aspirations.

Wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing!

Kristy Shen said...

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Elizabeth Grimes said...

Such a profound poem. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Lazarus said...

The only poems I've read since college (not counting those on bathroom walls or those referencing the Man from Nantucket in them) are here, thanks for the updates!