Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Rilke -

I find myself with Rilke today, Rilke as translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, Rilke's Book of Hours, Love Poems to God. I offer a few.



The hour is striking so close above me,
so clear and sharp,
that all my senses ring with it.
I feel it now: there's a power in me
to grasp and give shape to my world.

I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met.

I, 1



I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?

I, 2



I thank you, deep power
that works ever more lightly
in ways I can't make out.
The day's labor grows simple now,
and like a holy face
held in my dark hands.

I, 62
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