Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Poetry: Rainer Maria Rilke

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I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Annemarie S. Kidder

I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone enough
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small enough
to be to you just object and thing, dark and smart.

...Read the rest here at

...or read and listen to it as translated by Anita Barrows here. I have Barrows and Macy's book Rilke's Book of Hours; Love Poems to God and every once in a while I sink into them. It's been that kind of week.

The Poetry Friday round up is here this week! Share your post in Mr. Linky and be sure to leave a comment. Then come back later to enjoy what everyone else is posting this weekend.

ETA: Someone in the comments asked how to find the Friday Poetry roundup schedule and that reminded me that for new comers it's a bit confusing. Let me point you to the article by Susan Tompson of Chicken Spaghetti at the Poetry Foundation that explains Friday Poetry. Kelly Harold organizes the schedule of hosting and posts it in the sidebar of her blog Big A, little a. She puts out a call for volunteers several times a year. Anyone can join anytime of course! If you enjoy poetry jump in!

Click around to read some great poetry:

1. Wild Rose Reader (Three Original Poems about the Sounds of Summer)
2. Blue Rose Girls (A Poem by Richard Brautigan: Gee, You're So Beautiful That It's
3. Kelly (an original poem about Little Sioux Scout Camp)
4. Gregory K. (end of the school year, Hello Summer!)
5. Michele (W B Yeats)
6. Stacey (Sea Joy)
7. writer2b (Silence)
8. Sara Lewis Holmes (riff on a quote from Robert Frost)
9. Jama Rattigan (celebrating Father's Day with two poems: D. Nurkse and Edgar Guest)
10. Laura Salas (15 Words or Less Poems)
11. Laura Salas (Billy Collins poem)
12. Mary Lee (Poe and a review)
13. MotherReader (Our Deepest Fear)
14. Shelf Elf (Tap Dancing on the Roof)
15. Jules, 7-Imp (Choose Your Own Adventure)
16. Kimberly @ lectitans (The Mermaid in the Hospital)
17. Little Willow (Tarts and Evidence from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
18. msmac (Janet Wong’s Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams )
19. Sylvia (Father's Day poems)
20. Laurel Snyder (a poem about surfing and youth, by Mark Jarman)
21. Tricia (Summer Days)
22. Picture Book of the Day (Blackberry Banquet)
23. Karen Edmisten (Basho, Henry Timrod and an interesting connection to Bob Dylan.)
24. John Mutford (The Poem I Turn To)
25. Linda ("a sestina I wrote for my grandfather")
26. Tiel Aisha Ansari (an original flood poem)
27. Lisa Chellman (Peter, Paul & Mary)
28. Semicolon (Caedmon)
29. Kelly Fineman (So We'll Go No More a-Roving)
30. Becky (Surrender Tree review)
31. Ruth (where we are)
32. Liz in Ink (with Louise Gluck)
33. Chicken Spaghetti (poems about superstitions)
34. Marie DeVries (a poem about listening)
35. LisaC (AA Milne)
36. Charlotte ( In For Winter, Out For Spring)
37. Sarah R. (Cowboy Vernacular)
38. Suzanne :: Adventures in Daily Living :: (Mist by Tom Robinson)


Kelly said...

Thanks for hosting, Cloudscome!

I'm in this week with a depressing original poem. I'd apologize, but I live in Iowa and it's a tough time.

Holly said...

How is it determined where the roundup will be, and where is it announced (is it announced ahead of time)? I've been wondering for ages, and today I finally found the roundup on my own by chance, so I figgered I would ask.

Kelly said...

Hey Cuileann:

I just happened to see your comment here, so I hope you check in to read my reply:

1) I always post the PF hosts on my blog in the right hand column. (I also call for hosts every other month or so). Here's the link:

2) I also schedule the PF host announcement into the kidlitosphere yahoo group. If you don't belong, it's a great place to to find out a ton of info. Google kidlitosphere and yahoo group and you should find it.

Greg Pincus said...

I've re-posted my end of the school year poem cuz, well, cuz it's the end of the school year!

Hello, Summer!

Thanks for hosting!

Holly said...

Lovely! Thanks very much, Kelly.

Michele said...

Here I be,
I be here !
Be I here?
Yes, it's me!

(Don't mind my madness !)

Many thanks for hosting the round-up.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for hosting today! Here's the link to mine:


Anonymous said...

"Sink into" your Rilke poems. Perfect words! There's so much in there.

Thanks for hosting. I'm in with a Billy Collins poem today.

Sara said...

oooh, Rilke. Can't wait to savor it. I'm in with a riff on a quote from Robert Frost.

jama said...

Hi Cloudscome!

Today's I celebrating Father's Day with two poems: D. Nurkse and Edgar Guest -

Thanks for hosting!
I love Rilke . . .

jama said...

Oops, my head is thinking one thing and my hands are typing another. Please excuse the typos in my other comment!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting, Andi! I love that Rilke poem. I always associate Rilke with Madeleine L'Engle, since her books are the first place I ever heard the name.

MotherReader said...

I'm hear before the last day of school envelops me.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love Rilke.

Little Willow said...

Thank you for hosting this week!

I'm all about Alice (truly, The White Rabbit) today.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thank you for hosting. I'm in this week with a review of KEEPING THE NIGHT WATCH and a Father's Day poetry book list.

Laurel said...

Thanks so much for hosting today! I'm waxing nostalgic over at my place! (it takes a gifted poet to get pee pee into a sweet and nostagic poems, no?)


Tricia said...

Hi Andi!
Thanks for rounding us all up. I'm in today with a poem from a Victorian Anthology. It is entitled Summer Days.
Have a great weekend.

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks for hosting. I'm in with Basho, Henry Timrod and an interesting connection to Bob Dylan.

Karen Edmisten said...

Wonderful Rilke poem, btw.

Linda said...

Thanks for hosting this week. In honor of Father's Day, I'm in with a sestina I wrote for my grandfather. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Cloudscome, for the poem and hosting! I've put up a snatch of Peter, Paul & Mary song lyrics with accompanying ruminations on "why write."

Anonymous said...

Andi, thanks for rounding up. I'm in with an entry about "Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions," by Janet S. Wong.

Nicole said...

I posted a poem about listening, from a book I'm reading. Enjoy!


Charlotte said...

I'm in with a look at In for Winter, Out for Spring, by Arnold Adoff and Jerry Pinkney.

Thanks for hosting!

Sarah Reinhard said...

Yikes-a-roly! Mr. Linky remembered me, which flatters me, but I clicked SUBMIT before paying attention to which post was there and, um, oops.

So that would be why there are TWO with my name. Sorry for being such an idiot! (I am just not smart enough tonight to figure out how to delete the first one!)

And thanks for hosting! :)

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Gotcha covered Sarah. Now I am off to read all these great posts!