Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

Early Spring


Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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