Quote, February 2, 2011

ejmoore510(7)February 1, 2011

It would be good to give much thought, before

you try to find words for something so lost,

for those long childhood afternoons you knew

that vanished so completely --and why?

We're still reminded--: sometimes by a rain,

but we can no longer say what it means;

life was never again so filled with meeting,

with reunion and with passing on

as back then, when nothing happened to us

except what happens to things and creatures:

we lived their world as something human,

and became filled to the brim with figures.

And became as lonely as a sheperd

and as overburdened by vast distances,

and summoned and stirred as from far away,

and slowly, like a long new thread,

introduced into that picture-sequence

where now having to go on bewilders us.

Childhood by Rainer Maria Rilke

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lilod(NoCal/8)

This is lovely and sad, Rilke is one of my favorites, but I never saw this one before, thanks

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 12:39AM
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anneliese_32(6)

Rilke's melancholic poems, lovely as they are, are not my favorites. I guess I am just too opimistic and upbeat most of the time.
Lilo, the poem "Kindheit" is in Rilke's "Neue Gedichte".

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 12:52PM
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west_gardener

Kinda deep for me. I feel sorry for Rainer Maria Rilke and all the children he writes about. I'm thinking he must have had a traumatic childhood and he's writing from his experiences.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 7:55PM
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