Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Discovering Rilke

I have been exploring poetry lately, mostly on PoemHunter.com. This week's poet is Rainer Maria Rilke. I thought this was especially poignant in light of Memorial Day.

Again And Again

Again and again, however we know the landscape of love

and the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,
and the frighteningly silent abyss into which the others
fall: again and again the two of us walk out together
under the ancient trees, lie down again and again
among the flowers, face to face with the sky.

(Translated by Stephen Mitchell)

Rainer Maria Rilke



  1. That is a great Rilke poem.

    Take care.

  2. Thanks for PoemHunter.com!

  3. During a rough spot in my teen years, my uncle gave me a book of his called "letters to a young poet." I really found something wonderful in it. I now give it to others when they have hit a crossroads. If you are in a store, check it out. It is a wonderful collection of letters written to Rilke