Friday, July 07, 2006

Rilke's Book of Hours

Love Poems to God

Translated from the German by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

I. 17

Wer Seines Lebens Viele Widersinne

She who reconciles the ill-matched threads
of her life, and weaves them gratefully
into a single cloth -
it's she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
and clears it for a different celebration

where the one guest is you.
In the softness of evening
it's you she receives.

You are the partner of her loneliness,
the unspeaking center of her monologues.
With each disclosure you encompass more
and she stretches beyond what limits her,
to hold you.

1 comment:

Third Mom said...

I love Rilke, thanks so much for posting this! "All Quiet on the Western Front" is up there with my all-time favorites, such a beautiful book.