Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Walk by Rainier 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.

R.M. Rilke

Translated by Robert Bly

(My note:  Although I believe the translation and printing to be accurate,
  the word "charges" seems to want to be "changes".  Can't confirm either way.)


The child awakens to a universe,
The mind of the child to a world of wonder,
Imagination to a world of beauty,
Emotions to a world of intimacy.

It takes a universe to make a child, both
   in outer form and inner Spirit.  
It takes a universe to fulfill a child.
Each generation presides over the meeting
  of these two in the succeeding generations,
So that the child is fulfilled in the universe
And the universe is fulfilled in the child
While the stars ring out in the heavens!