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Onto A Vast Plain

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You are not surprised at the force of the storm—
you have seen it growing.
The trees flee. Their flight
sets the boulevards streaming. And you know:
he whom they flee is the one
you move toward. All your senses
sing him, as you stand at the window.

The weeks stood still in summer.
The trees' blood rose. Now you feel
it wants to sink back
into the source of everything. You thought
you could trust that power
when you plucked the fruit:
now it becomes a riddle again
and you again a stranger.

Summer was like your house: you know
where each thing stood.
Now you must go out into your heart
as onto a vast plain. Now
the immense loneliness begins.

The days go numb, the wind
sucks the world from your senses like withered leaves.

Through the empty branches the sky remains.
It is what you have.
Be earth now, and evensong.
Be the ground lying under that sky.
Be modest now, like a thing
ripened until it is real,
so that he who began it all
can feel you when he reaches for you.

- Rainier Maria Rilke

Written by MattAndJojang

October 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

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  1. I’ve read just a bit of Rilke but never had come across this poem. It has some of the best imagery – especially, Summer was like your house. You know where each thing stood…

    Thank you for such a wonderful autumnal post – autumn so often is associated with dying, but this is life-filled.


    October 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

  2. You’re welcome, Linda…

    I love Rilke’s poems not only because they’re literary gems, but also because they’re pervaded with a deep sense of spirituality. For me, personally, they are gateways to the Sacred.

    This particular poem, i have to agree, is rich in imagery; and evokes in me a wide range of feelings ( among them a sense of the Divine, peace, spaciousness as well as the pain and loneliness of life ).



    October 4, 2010 at 10:35 am

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