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Quote, February 2, 2011

Posted by ejmoore510 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 1, 11 at 21:13

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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RE: Quote, February 2, 2011

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

RE: Quote, February 2, 2011

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".

RE: Quote, February 2, 2011

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.

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