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Rainer Maria Rilke - A Walk

A Walk

by Rainer Maria Rilke

English version by Robert Bly
Original Language German

My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has its inner light, even from a distance--

and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on,
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.


-- from Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated by Robert Bl
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nerthus
Jan. 14th, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
Beautiful; another favorite poet. I have several books of his poetry,each from different translators, and I've discovered that how each one reinterprets the original German into English can really impact the tone and emotional punch of his works. This version is gorgeous.
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