PoemSong: Rainer Maria Rilke – This Press of Time, Orpheus II & Blame Yourself

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We set the pace.
But this press of time —
take it as a little thing
next to what endures.

All this hurrying
soon will be over.
Only when we tarry
do we touch the holy.

Young ones, don’t waste your courage
racing so fast,
flying so high.

See how all things are at rest —
darkness and morning light,
blossom and book.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

The Sonnets to Orpheus, Part Two, XII

Want the change.  Be inspired by the flame
where everything shines as it disappears.
The artist, when sketching, loves nothing so much
as the curve of the body as it turns away.

What locks itself in sameness has congealed.
Is it safer to be gray and numb?
What turns hard becomes rigid
and is easily shattered.

Pour yourself out like a fountain.
Flow into the knowledge that what you are seeking
finishes often at the start, and, with ending, begins.

Every happiness is the child of a separation
it did not think it could survive.  And Daphne, becoming a laurel,
dares you to become the wind.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

(In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

“If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself;
admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth
its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor
indifferent place.”

–Rainer Maria Rilke

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