Posted by: jruthkelly | January 16, 2010

Rilke’s River

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for

may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,

streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

Rainer Maria Rilke – Book of Hours, Love Poems to God (pg, 58)

Emphasis mine, of course.

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  1. you know the spirits of poetry,
    masterfully done, ;)

  2. I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

    Walt Whitman

    • I love it. Walt Whitman was on my mind the other day and here you’ve graced me with his words. And, naturally, I love that it’s singing…
      Thank you…

  3. Wow, this is beautiful – thank you for sharing it.

  4. you made some very good points in this one

    • not difficult to do when you’re emphasizing someone else’s wisdom. wisdom i need. thanks for dropping in…

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